The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI) says President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the rebuilding and development of the North-East region.
Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, the Vice-Chairman of PCNI, said this at the ongoing North-East Leadership Mobilisation Pre-Summit Conference holding in Yola, the Capital of Adamawa.
Tumsah said that among the cardinal objectives of President Buhari’s administration was the restoration of sustainable peace and livelihood support in the region.
He said the on-going Summit was timely with technical support by Green Horizon, a Non-Governmental Organisation.
“The purpose of the Summit is to mobilise the leadership in the North-East at various communities, state and regional levels.
“With the aim of assuming greater ownership and responsibility for peace and sustainable development in the region,” Tumsah said.
He pointed out that among the cardinal expectations of the Summit was to create enabling environment for the leaders across the region to shapen the future and rebuild the region.
According to the vice chairman, the overall objective of the Summit was to strengthen peace, resilience and social cohesion through the pursuit of justice and reconciliation in the conflict affected communities of the North-East.
He noted that the outcome from the conference would be submitted to the North-East Leadership Mobilisation Summit for consideration, adoption and a commitment to guide the onerous task of rebuilding the region.
“With the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) coming on board, there is an imperative to continue to implement the various components of the PCNI peace building and transitional justice programme for the region,” Tumsah added.
He listed some of the PCNI components to include timely conflict prevention and response, creation of an enabling environment for communication and ensuring equality of opportunities.
Others, the vice-chairman said, were promoting access to justice and enforcing social orderliness as well as containing and managing conflict through the policy and action that holds perpetrators of violence and injustice accountable among others.
Our correspondent reports that over 500 participants were attending the conference from six states of the region and other parts of the country.
The participants include academicians, religious and traditional leaders, Civil Society Organisations, EU representatives, and various national and international NGOs among others.