Theme: Regional Cooperation for Securing Lives and Livelihoods

Northwest Governors’ Forum and UNDP Set to Host the First ever Peace and Security Summit

Katsina, Nigeria, 17 June 2024 – The Northwest Governors’ Forum Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is set to host the inaugural Northwest Peace and Security Summit in Katsina State from June 24th to 25th, 2023. This landmark event, first of its kind in the region hosted by the Katsina State Government, will bring together governors from across the northwest region and key partners to address the pressing security challenges facing the area.

The Summit arrives at a crucial moment for Northwest Nigeria, as the region faces mounting security challenges. In recent years, there has been a marked increase in incidents of banditry, terrorism, and communal conflicts. These issues have had devastating consequences for the local population, resulting in significant loss of life, severe disruption to livelihoods and widespread destruction of property. This underscores the urgent need for coordinated action and solutions to restore peace and stability to the region – Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, Sokoto and Zamfara States.

Under the theme “Regional Cooperation for Securing Lives and Livelihoods,” the summit aims to explore solutions to ongoing insecurity, focusing on promoting peace and stability while strengthening cooperation among state governments to tackle these complex issues.

H.E. Dikko Umar Radda, Governor of Katsina State emphasizes the critical nature of the summit: “This gathering marks a turning point in our fight against insecurity. The challenges we face demand immediate and collective action. By uniting our efforts and resources, we can forge a path towards lasting peace and prosperity for our people. The time to act is now, and together, we will reclaim the safety and stability that our region deserves”, he said. 

UNDP’s journey to address insecurity in the Northwest region began in January 2024 with a peace and security workshop organized in collaboration with the Katsina State Government. This effort led to the decision to convene this high-level Peace and Security summit for the Northwest State Governments.

“This summit represents a crucial step in our ongoing efforts to build peace in Northwest Nigeria. UNDP’s partnership with regional governments has been instrumental in fostering dialogue and developing sustainable solutions. Our work in peacebuilding across the Northwest has shown that lasting change is possible when we work together. This summit will further strengthen our collective resolve to create a safer environment for the people of this region,” said Ms. Elsie Attafuah, the UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria. 

By bringing together key stakeholders, this summit is expected to serve as a platform for meaningful dialogue and action, leading to concrete strategies for enhancing peace and security in Northwest Nigeria. Discussions will explore sustainable approaches to advancing food security and fostering sustainable livelihoods, while examining how different regional actors can support and enhance regional cooperation and integrated solutions for the region’s future development.

A key outcome of the Summit will be an agreement by all participating parties – including the seven Northwest state government, federal government, and the UN – to support the development of the Northwest Peace and Security Development Framework. This framework will serve as a guiding document for the region, outlining strategies, policies, and actions needed to enhance regional cooperation and interoperability.

For more information and media enquiries, please contact:

Dr. Bala Salisu Zangu, Hon. Commissioner Information and culture, Katsina State

[email protected]

Christabel Chanda-Ginsberg, Public Engagement, Outreach and Partnerships Lead, UNDP Nigeria

[email protected]

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About the Katsina State Government

The Katsina State Government is built on the pillars of service, equity, and justice for all citizens. Embracing a people-oriented approach, the administration collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to prioritize the needs of its residents. This commitment is reflected in every policy and decision, ensuring that the well-being of the people remains paramount. The government stands firm in its resolve to resist any efforts that might compromise the interests of its citizens, striving to create a more equitable and prosperous society for all. 

Learn more: Katsina State Website

About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the leading United Nations organisation fighting to end the injustices of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with a broad network of experts and partners in over 170 countries, UNDP helps nations to build integrated and lasting solutions for people and the planet.

 In Nigeria, UNDP provides technical and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria and supports the implementation of interventions across various thematic areas to meet the medium to long-term national development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Learn more: UNDP Nigeria Website