Sub-Committees To Seek Way Forward
Work at the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reinsertion of Ex-Combattants committee took a different level on day three at the Major National Dialogue. After day one discussions which focused on the functioning, progress and expectations of the population from the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of ex-fighters of the Boko Haram group and armed groups in the North West and South West regions of the country, members of the committee divided themselves into four different sub-groups yesterday, October 2, 2019 to come up with possible recommendations that could ensure the effective functioning of the DDR Centres in a bid to obtain the desired results which will be long lasting.
Committee members were divided into four sub-committees: Disarmament, Demobilisation, Reintegration, and Rehabilitation. The President of the committee, Professor Saibou Issa said they are working on three major components. That is disarmament- where arms need to be laid down and people join the DDR centres in Bamenda in the North West Region, Buea in the South West Region and Mora in the Far North Region. As far as demobilization is concerned, the committee president said they are looking at where they can have enough technical and material resources, together with all who are willing to help because it is a collective matter. Prof. Saibou Issa said these ex-fighters need to be reintegrated with the communities and communities need to be prepared to receive them.
In the various sub-committees, members examined how to proceed and what is required to achieve their major tasks. Talking about the rehabilitation of ex-fighters, it was revealed that everybody has suffered. Prof Saibou said the young people who have decided to leave the bushes are also suffering, and so it is important for the population to understand their trauma. “Under...
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