Ifeanacho Plans Big For CPSS, Pledges More Support For JCI

By Otikor Samuel


Director of the Centre for Peace and Security Studies (CPSS), Professor Martin Ifeanacho, has unveiled plans to make the Centre more visible and viable in training manpower to tackle security challenges facing the country and the world at large. He also pledged continued support for and mentorship of members of the Junior Chamber International.

Professor Ifeanacho made the disclosure on the sideline of a Congratulatory Visit by the Junior Chamber International, Nigeria, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The students’ leadership group paid a visit to congratulate Professor Ifeanacho on his election as a Member of the Governing Council of the University.

The Collegiate Chairman, Mariam Bamalli led national, zonal and chapter executives to the visit to Professor Ifeanacho, who has been a Patron to UniPort Chapter of the JCI for over 10 years. In her entourage were Collegiate Conference Director, Promise Muoneke, Collegiate Vice Chairman, South-South/South-East, Nneka Gladness Oyiga, National Executive Secretary, Adeyemo Adeonipekun, Executive Vice President, South-South/South-East, Princess Amachree, President JCI UniPort Chapter, Emmanuella Ikeji, her counterpart in Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Ibiaye Tessy Alabipi and Executive Assistant, David Afuwapej.

Responding to questions on the new Centre which was demerged from the Centre for Gender and Conflict Studies, Professor Ifeanacho stated that: “We had the Centre for Ethnic and Conflict Studies (CENTECS) which was established by Professor Mark Anikpo, but was merged at a certain time with the Centre for Gender Studies, The two centres then became Centre for Conflict and Gender Studies. In March 2021, the University administration demerged them based on the argument that Gender Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies are two universal issues that could not be subsumed under one centre.”

The Director disclosed plans to reposition the Centre for quality service delivery. “We are aware of security threat beginning from the global dimension down to Africa and Nigeria, so we have plans to reposition the Centre to effectively generate intellectual and strategic responses to security issue. Plans are underway to collaborate with the armed forces, non-governmental organisations and other centres designated to address the issues of peace and security in Nigeria, Africa and the world. We intend to continue to engage in cutting-edge research activities in the area of peace and security,” Professor Ifeanacho said.

He further disclosed that the leadership of the Centre has designed special programmes such as Doctor of Philosophy and Master’s degrees, Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate programme in Peace and Security. “We are currently working on proposal for Executive Master’s degree in Criminology and Police Psychology and Executive Master’s degree in Peace and Security Studies. All our courses will eventually be delivered in modules, some of them will be 90 percent virtual to accommodate professionals who may not have the opportunity for physical contact with the Lecturers,” the Director revealed.

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