Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nigeria: UNDP allays fear over 2015 elections

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has allayed the fear in the minds of Nigerians that 2015 general elections would mar the country. It assured that the election was “a possible turning point for the best for Nigeria.”  The UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, who said this yesterday while on a courtesy call to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), reassured that Nigeria would come out stronger from the elections.
Toure said: “Since conflict is a part of every society, you have to begin to address it even before it starts: the culture of peace must be inculcated in the minds of our politicians before the elections. We are therefore delighted to be associated with this initiative by NIPSS to strengthen the capacity of political parties so they become key pillars of Nigeria’s democratic polity.”

According to Toure: “Democratic Governance Development (DGD) and NIPSS developed a curriculum to equip young party leaders with the fundamentals to drive a robust democratic engagement - it provides strategic and techniques for how parties can become stronger institutions themselves.” But NIPSS said that as a foremost institute in West Africa and indeed Africa and part of its mandate to strengthen the capacity of political parties in Nigeria for peaceful elections, it has taken it upon itself to strengthen the capacity of political parties with a view to bringing stability, national unity and meaningful participatory democracy in Nigerian political system.

The Director-General of the institute, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad Bande, while thanking UNDP for its immense support, said that the institute had trained about 200 political party officials, including chairmen, secretaries, treasurers, financial secretaries, women leaders, legal advisers and publicity secretaries at the national levels, adding that the training would be extended to leaders at the state and ward levels before the 2015 elections.With Toure on the visit were his wife, Mrs. Toure, DGD Project Director, Dr. Mourtada Deme, UNESCO Director and Prof. Alidou Hassana, among others.

Source: The Guardian

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