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Stakeholders advocate economic empowerment to curb violence

Group photograph of participants at a one day dialogue on Gendered-Context Analysis on Conflict and Bad Governance in Borno. Photo Credit Dauda Iliya / Radio Nigeria

Stakeholders has identified lack of economic empowerment, inequality, and nepotism as factors exacerbating violence and instability in the country.

The event which held in Maiduguri centered on gendered-context analysis on conflict and bad governance.

Convener of the dialogue session and Executive Director, Unified Members for Women Advancement UMWA, Dr Hassana Ibrahim, said the platform afforded participants the opportunity to discuss Gender in the context of conflict, weak governance and poverty in the society. 

According to her, the meeting also identified mitigation strategies, personalities and agencies saddled with the responsibility of addressing the concerns. 

“The lack of autonomous power to traditional rulers have hindered them to take decisive action on some of the challenges society is experiencing” Dr Ibrahim noted. 

Dr Hassana Ibrahim remarked that the organization will also convene a women-led policy engagement with the aim of strengthening partnership with all the stakeholders to find a sustainable solution to the problems.

The meeting recommended the need to give constitutional role to the traditional institution for improved governance and development at the grassroots. 

Some of the participants at the dialogue session, Assistant Commander National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA Borno State, Abdullahi Sardauna and a lecturer Department of Mass Communication University of Maiduguri, Dr Rahila Jibrin decried the rising number of women engaged in substance abuse and called for a holistic approach on the prevention of substance abuse.

The meeting was attended by security agents, traditional rulers and members civil society organizations.

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; Editing by Julian Osamoto and Adeniyi Bakare