Civil societies, media and security agencies in the Northeast region have converged on Maiduguri, the Borno state capital to develop strategies for building sustainable peace in the region.
Chairman Northeast Civil Society Forum Ambassador, Ahmed Shehu said the forum is concerned with scale of insecurity in parts of the country, hence the summit.
The Northeast Peace and Security Summit has as its theme: Developing Civil Society Agenda.
The summit is expected to among other objectives identify impediments to sustainable peace and security in the Northeast and identify appropriate avenues for advocacy.
Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum charged stakeholders in the peace building process to support and participate in the recovery effort of the state government.
The first civil society security summit is convened to develop a roadmap that will catalyse action, improve synergy among different organisations and address concerns of vulnerable groups in the region.
Currently, One point nine million people are in need of assistance and livelihood support to improve their wellbeing.
Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum represented by his Chief of Staff Professor Isa Hussaini said collaboration is critical to addressing the security challenges in the northeast.
According to him peace, stability and good governance is critical to the development of any nation.
Governor Zulum charged civil society and non governmental organisations to key into development drive of the state government and focus more on the empowerment of IDPs at the community level.
“If your NGO is really interested in helping displaced people, key into our initiative. We want you to help the IDPs directly, we don’t need your money. But to do that key into our plan so that there will be no duplication”.
The Governor commended security agencies for their resilience and sacrifice in securing people of the state.
Shehu of Borno Abubakar Garbai Elkanemi represented by the District Head of Dusuman Alhaji Abba Kyari Terab attributed rising insecurity in the region to total collapse of traditional and cultural values.
Head of Office UN OCHA Trond Jensen, representatives of state governors Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe and security agencies promised to work together in unison to achieve sustainable peace.