The Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM) has formally launched a Conflict Early Warning and Early Response System (CEWERS) to facilitate in stepping up its peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities across the state.
Barrister Priscilla Ankut, the Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, said in her remarks that CEWERS came about from the need to reinvigorate the chain of events from when threats are detected, reported and response time.
The EVC explained that in designing the system, the commission took cognizance of some of the subtle and not-so-subtle signs that can lead to conflict and also included partners, as responders, who will address such threats as they arise.
Among the responders are organizations such as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders, Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the immigration, the International Federation of Women Lawyers, the National Human Rights Commission, the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Jama’atul Nasril Islam and our various security agencies.
“We have identified partners in the communities to report issues from their areas and escalate them to the operation centre at the Commission. The system is also able to pick up warnings from social media using defined keywords such as a threat and the name of any geographical location within the state, which is sieved through by analysts and referred to a response partner to act on,” she explained.
She explained that early warning that does not lead to early response is not good enough, adding, “the reason we brought together representatives from response agencies and monitors (referred to as tension managers) to be trained on the use of the system.
According to her, the drive for the successful operationalization of CEWERS came from the highest level of governance and sought for continuous support.
She thanked the various stakeholders, including security agencies, civil society organisations, NGOs the United Nations Development Programme and the Norwegian Government for their assistance in bringing the project to fruition.
“They have given us all that we requested and even more. They funded the design and implementation of the CEWERS and equipped us with hardware to make this wonderful dream to come true,” she said.