Lets forgive and reconcile, to be great again

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Some of the Nigerian Delegation to Rwanda on post-conflict learning visit on Friday stressed the need to restore peace and unity in the North-East for meaningful reconstruction and development.

They made the call while listing some of the lessons learnt during the tour in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kigali.

They expressed worry over the activities of insurgency in the North-East and called for immediate halt and reconciliation mechanisms.

Hajiya Mairo Lawan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Borno, said that reconciliation and forgiveness was a significant tool she learnt that would propel peace and unity in the North-East region.

Lawan pointed out that without peace and unity national development could not be achieved.

According to her, it is the determination of the Rwandans to live in peace that had enabled them to excel after their crisis as a country.

“The people of Rwanda are driven by good leadership quality and the ability to utilise their own home grown solutions in reconciliation and development processes.

“I hope and pray that the good people of Borno will be willing to emulate such spirit and reconcile with Boko Haram, so that we can catch up with development,” she said.

Similarly, Mr Usman Dadah, Permanent Secretary, Establishment and Training, Office of the Head of Service, Yobe, said unity was a factor not to be compromised in the quest for development.

According to him, total forgiveness was key to ensuring unity and that he now understands what it means to lead.

“I learnt that harnessing of home grown policies is vital to the survival of a nation.

“I learnt that involving the citizens in government’s policies and projects enhances development.

“In involving the citizens, there is need for regular communication with people at the grassroots to ensure sustainable development as we have seen in Rwanda.

Meanwhile, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita said that she would ensure immediate implementation of the public service Performance Management System (PMS).

She explained that the PMS was part of the components of the Human Resource module to boost service delivery.

Oyo-Ita said that Rwanda government believed in their human capacity and had developed it, adding that this would be replicated with intensity in Nigeria.

She applauded the effectiveness of their Integrated Public Pay Information System (IPPIS), acknowledging that all the seven modules were functioning.

“To strengthen our PMS we will work on our feedback to ensure effectiveness in the public service delivery.

“The one we were trying to bring on board was rather too complicated but now we have reduced it, so that it can be easily computed and implemented,” Oyo-Ita said.

The head of service also said the fact that they were able to forgive and encourage peace and unity after the genocide was worth of emulation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the delegation for the post-conflict learning visit titled: “Readiness for Change” was made up of representatives from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The five day learning visit was to expose State and Federal Government officials to the mechanisms applied during the post-conflict era in Rwanda to help reconstruction of public institutions in the North-East.

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