The British Council, through the NSRP in partnership with NIALS, embarked on a field research project aimed towards obtaining and testing perceptions on the past and current state of insurgency along with its impact, victim’s coping strategies, community perceptions of justice, healing, reconciliation as well as the possibility of reintegrating penitent insurgents so as to achieve enduring peace in the northeast.
The Validation Workshop was designed to deliberate on key findings of the Report and discuss thematic issues with the view of developing plausible recommendations.
The Validation Workshop which was held on the 9th of May 2017, 10:45am took place at the NBA Centre, Borno State and commenced with the welcome address of the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Adedeji Adekunle ably represented by the Director of Research, Professor Peter T. Akper SAN, followed by the opening remarks of the Chairman, Ambassador Ahmed Al- Gazali.
In attendance were representatives from: NSCDC, Wulari, Jerusalem, University of Maiduguri, Federal polytechnic Damaturu, International Rescue Mission, National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) Yobe, Emirs Palace, NSRP/ British Council, NIALS, New Jerusalem Damaturu, Human Rights Committee; Jama’atu Nasirul Islam and the Cripple Association Damaturu, Dikwa LGA, OLD GRA Maiduguri, 1000 Estates, Yobe State Sports Commission, Igbo Community in Damaturu and the Data Analyst; Mr. Ayodele Joshua.
The workshop kicked off with the presentation of the report findings by Analyst, Ayodele Joshua and continued with the presentation and discussion of recommendations and concluded with a 5 grouped technical session on thematic issues and key action points.