Nigerian Army Inaugurates Agwai International Peacekeeping Centre
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukutu Buratai has inaugurated the Board of Trustees of Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre which was established to harness the lessons learned from Nigeria’s experiences in Peace Support Operations (PSOs) over the years and to build our capacity in PSO.
General Buratai said the Centre was established to train leaders, peacemakers, peacekeepers, and peacebuilders in conformity to the global trend.
Buratai said: “The enormous responsibilities of transforming the centre to an international institution and galvanizing partners support for this purpose, necessitates that eminent personalities with the internationally recognized reputation are appointed as members of the board.
“It is also desirable that the board members be individuals with links to the UN, AU, ECOWAS and other agencies associated with PSO efforts. This is necessary in order to facilitate seamless collaboration between the centre and these organizations as well as the global partner community.
“Consequently, after due consultations, the centre proposed a 6-member BoT to be headed by Gen Martin Luther Agwai (rtd). Other members are as follows: Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, Mrs Halima Ahmed (ECOWAS), Maj Gen OT Ethan (rtd), Commandant MLAILPKC and Director Peacekeeping Operation (AHQ Rep) – Sec.”
The Army Chief said in proposing the personalities, due consideration was given to their experience, reputation and connection with the UN and other relevant organizations.
The board will hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the centre’s premises twice yearly or anytime the occasion demands. It will also provide yearly reports to AHQ on performance of the institution as well as its future plans and strategies.
The composition of this board may change as the centre progresses in the future. The centre is a research-base for officers, soldiers and civilians who need vital information on Nigeria’s participation in PSOs since inception.