EU targets over 4 million indirect beneficiaries in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
M.A Ibrahim – Maiduguri
The European Union funded British Council implementing Managing Conflict in the Northeast (MCN) program aims at targeting 40,000 direct beneficiaries and over 4 million indirect beneficiaries in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The Borno State Team Lead British Council, Hajiya Zara Goni made this known at a 3 days strategic workshop held in Maiduguri for the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) Steering Committee. The workshop was designed to help the SARC committee develop a vision, mission and strategic plan. The committee also drafted and adopted a two year action plan for the activities and success of the N3lewa centre.
The N3lewa Centre is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre located at Umaru Shehu Ultra Modern Hospital in Maiduguri. The centre was commissioned on the 19th February 2018 by her Excellency the Wife of the Governor of Borno State and the founder of SWOT Foundation Hajjia Nana Kashim Shettima, N3lewa is a Kanuri word for “Well being”.
The centre provides free medical, legal and psychosocial support in which it conducts tests where forensic evidence that will aid successful prosecution of offenders of Sexual Assault and violence directed against women, girls and boys will be collected.
Hajiya Zara also explained the goal of the MCN program which is to reduce conflict, enhance stability and security necessary for human development. According to Hajiya Zara who said “among other activities the British Council is engaged in is the Community Peace and Safety Platform (CPSP) that deals with community peace and safety.”
They are 10 fully functional platforms within the 3 senatorial district of Borno state. She also said “the CPSPs are early warning mechanism where people come together and discuss issues of mutual concern and come up with local solutions to local problems”.
The STL Hajiya Zara pointed out that the MCN project has 5 key intervention areas which include conflict management, reconciliation, women empowerment, reintegration and research. Furthermore she said “we are training 350 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force whereby we give them additional skills.”
Mr. Kabiru Abbass, the European Union Borno State Team Lead in his remarks thanked the MCN/Britich Council for organizing a unique event with critical stakeholders of the state in attendance to talk about SGBV and how to fight the menace.
One of the special guest at the event Dr. Aliyu Kwayabura the Chief Medical Director of the Borno State Medical Board pledge support to the N3lewa Centre and promised to build a forensic pathology lab for the centre.
Dr. Bulama Mali Gubio Mni. Chairman of the Occasion and also the Chairman of Borno State Civil Service Commission appreciated the council for their interventions.
In attendance was Prof. Mohammed Tabiu the National Team Lead British Council, Prof. Abba Gambo Consultant Nigerian Governors Forum and members of the SARC committee.
The workshop was facilitated by members of Coalition Against Rape and Violence (CARAV).