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NGOs harp on protection, safety for the vulnerable in Borno

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By Ladi Jossy, Maiduguri

The Centre for Civilians In Conflict has organised a community-driven advocacy in Konduga and Monguno local government areas of Borno State aimed at building the resilience and social cohesion of the vulnerable there.

The two-day advocacy, which is jointly mounted by the Community Protection Committee (CPC), is to facilitate purposeful decision-making by IDPs, returnees and all other classes of the vulnerable to facilitate their protection and safety in situations of violent conflict.

“This advocacy campaign underscores our unwavering dedication to ensuring that policies, programs, and interventions are designed with the utmost consideration for civilian lives and dignity” Saratu Joshua Pindar, Team Lead at CIVIC stated.

The two organising NGOs, she said, advocated for the formulation and implementation of policies at local and national levels that prioritize civilian protection and integrate civilian harm mitigation measures into security and development agendas.

“We believe in the enhancement of existing programs and initiatives to better address the unique protection needs of vulnerable populations, including women, children, and internally displaced persons,” Saratu noted.

She continued, “We, therefore call on local communities to actively participate in decision-making processes related to civilian protection and encourage community-led initiatives to promote safety, resilience, and social cohesion.”

Godwin Emmanuel, CPC Community Liaison for Monguno, emphasized that “civilian protection is not just a moral imperative; it is a strategic imperative for sustainable peace and stability.”

He announced that the Centre for Civilians in Conflict is planning to organize a series of roundtable discussions, policy dialogues, and community forums as part of future advocacy campaigns to facilitate constructive dialogue and knowledge sharing among diverse stakeholders.

Future advocacy campaigns Godwin, said would leverage digital media platforms and grassroots mobilization efforts to amplify CIVIC’s message and engage a broader audience.

This, he added would, ensure an increase in the momentum and commitment toward enhancing civilian protection and civilian harm mitigation, not just in Monguno and Konduga LGAs, but in Borno state and the country at large.

The campaign targeted stakeholders, comprising the Nigerian security agencies, NGOs, and LGA authorities to advocate for the development of policies, programs, and interventions.

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