Crisis Rocks Institute Of Conflict Resolution, DG Threatens Resignation

Crisis Rocks Institute Of Conflict Resolution, DG Threatens Resignation

By Abdul Lateef Bamgbose

Violence crisis was averted on Friday, at the Centre for Peace and Conflicts Resolutions, Abuja, following the allegations of maladministration and infractions against the Director General of the CPCR, Bakut Tswah Bakut, by the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions, ASURI.

AljazirahNigeria gathered that the event that led to the to the face-off between the Academic Staff Union of the Research Institutions and Directors in the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, CPCR, came with sense of Deja’ vu, as the Center charged with the Constitutional responsibility of managing conflicts was caught in the management related conflicts with the Union over an alleged victimization of senior staff in the Institute.

Theophilus Ndubuaku, the Secretary General of ASURI, and members of the disciplinary Committee for hours were engaged in shouting match at the conference room of the Institute.

Ndubuaku , while addressing newsmen said that “We can say authoritatively and with emphasis at our command that Bakut has turned IPCR into institute of generating conflict rather than resolving conflicts, and with him at the helms of affairs, how can IPCR proffer solutions to the myriad of conflicts bedeviling the nation today?“

Continuing, Theophilus Ndubuaku said, ”Rather than concentrating on the mandate of IPCR, as a think tank on conflict resolution, especially at times like this , he is busy dissipating so much energy on victimizing and intimidating labour leaders and interfering in trade union activities in gross contravention of labour laws”

The Director General of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolutions, has been at the centre of conflict over the management of the Institute.

Ndubuaku stated this much in the statement made available to newsmen, “We have petitioned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Hon. Ministers of Labour and Employment, and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Head of Service of the Federation, while the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment intervened by summoning a conciliatory meeting, the ministry of Foreign Affairs simply ignored us”, he alleged.

AljazirahNigeria gathered that at the conciliatory meeting which took place at the Ministry of Labour and Employment on 31 of May 2022, the Union had stated their grievances, which were upheld; Bakut and his management of CPCR, were upbraided for labour unfriendly policies and counselled to tread with caution and maintain the status quo as an agreement of IPCR and ASURI.

“However, the following day, 1st June 2022 , the management of IPCR, vindictively issued the Chairman of IPCR Dele Akangbe, a query which was backdated to Sunday 29, May 2022, while the Secretary, Mercy Igbo was issued a final warning which was backdated to 18th May 2022.

“The Secretary General of ASURI, Ndubuaku, on Friday led the Union to protest the alleged flagrant violation of international norms and convention of sheathing the sword while a matter in dispute has been apprehended and it is being resolved”.

But in a swift reactions Bakut told newsmen that “I am a Baju man, from Kaduna, I was not born as DG, I am not afraid of losing the seat”.

The crisis at the CPCR, far from over as the Union has threatened to picket the institute if Bakut is not called to order by relevant authority.

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