...Mulade Donates Accommodation to IPCR as Temporary Office in South South Nigeria
History was made in the Niger Delta Region on 18th June, 2021 in Warri Delta State, when a notable NGO, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution, IPCR, an Agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, to continue the advocacy for peaceful coexistence among the ethnic groups of the South South Region and beyond.
Besides the signing of the MoU, the National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Chief (Comrade) Mulade Sheriff, on behalf of the NGO, donated an office accommodation within the premises of CEPEJ at its Head Office at Ugolo, in Okpe LGA of Delta State, to the IPCR as the take-off point of its South South Zonal Office, free of charge.
Earlier in his address, the CEPEJ CEO, Chief Sheriff Mulade said the MoU was to formalize and deepen the partnership between CEPEJ and the IPCR. Chief Mulade, who is the Ibe-Seremowei of ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, said the delay in signing the MoU was due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that the pandemic has taught everyone that trust, partnership and solidarity are essential for confronting threats to peace and security. He described the agreement as a significant milestone in the ongoing collaboration between CEPEJ and the IPCR.
According to him, strong peace building NGOs like CEPEJ are more important now than ever for bringing communities together, while trying to meet other Sustainable Development Goals. He said the MoU was not just a piece of paper but an agreement that commits the two bodies to a close partnership in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, as well as the development of society.
The Peace Ambassador noted that for many years now, CEPEJ and IPCR had directed their joint focus and expertise towards fostering local involvement in peace building conversations and activities, adding that now is the right moment for the two bodies to strengthen their cooperation and enhance their common focus, as well as work policy framework.
While stating that Nigeria now faces very complex challenges with grave implications for peace and security, Comrade Mulade Sheriff stressed the need to address the issue of an ageing population, the prospect of irreversible climate change and increased migration flows, which he described as complex and interwoven, and can only be tackled through collaboration at the individual, local, regional, national and global levels, and said they required muti-sector approaches and new ways of working and policy coherence built through engaging the Federal Government, other civil societies, the private sector, households and individuals.
He said the NGO, CEPEJ, represents the people at the grassroots and so understands best, their needs and interests. He emphasized that CEPEJ's partnerships with critical stakeholders make the grassroots a unique place to foster progress and development.