From Agaju Madugba, Katsina

The Africa Centre at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is a hosting symposium on “Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria,” for a total of 10 governors from the North-West and North-Central regions.

Organizers say the programme “aims to address the pressing security challenges in the region” and will also involve relevant U.S. government officials, governors, Congressional staff and NGO partners.

A Katsina State Government House statement named Governor Dikko Umaru Radda as one of the participants alongside his colleagues from Zamfara, Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, Niger, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto and Jigawa states.

According to the statement signed by Radda’s Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed, “during the symposium, Northern Nigeria governors and their counterparts will engage in panel discussions focusing on the drivers of insecurity and opportunities for stabilization.

“These discussions aim to deepen participants’ understanding of the complex security landscape, identify strategies for addressing security challenges and explore opportunities for sustainable peace and development in the region.

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“Recognizing the crucial role of state governors in mitigating security threats and fostering peace, the symposium aims to enhance their capacity in conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts across Nigeria. “Through dialogue and collaboration, the Africa Center seeks to empower governors to address the underlying causes of instability and strengthen peacebuilding initiatives at local and state levels.”