Message from the Chair,
The establishment of Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies is a response to the enormous challenges confronting Africa in the 21st century. The hopes and aspirations of Africans achieving sustainable rapid transformation of its political, social and economic institutions lies in the transformation of conflict that have bedeviled the continent.
Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies is set to provide the platform and the missing links which led to state failure, violence and arms proliferation, failure of peace negotiations and lack of human security in Africa through its programmes.
The Institute has a promising future to become a centre of excellence with the support of our partners at the national, regional and international levels.
Director’s Welcome Message
As the Director I wish you a very warm welcome to AAIPSDS! We have been re-positioned as an independent, forward-looking institute whose vision is to be nationally, regionally and globally responsive to the needs and challenges confronting mankind in a world that has been bedeviled with a myriad of conflicts, violence, terrorism and developmental challenges.
Our desire is to be a Pan-African Center of excellence working with strategic partners in re-vitalizing the teaching, learning and studies of Peace, conflict, Peace- building education and practice in Africa. AAIPSDS provides an atmosphere of fostering critical thinking, creativity, discovery, service and application through education, scholarship, research and engagement.
AAIPSDS is located in Minna, the capital of Niger State, Nigeria at the foremost, Niger State College of Education, Minna. It is about 145 kilometers by road from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. “Minna” is the corruption of the Gwari word “Myina” meaning to spread fire”. Minna began to assume the shape of a colonial urban centre and Northern terminal with the construction of the Kano-to-Baro railway in 1911 and the extension of the Lagos-to-Jebba railway line in 1915. It is just 58 kilometers away from Zungeru, which was the location of the headquarters of the Northern protectorate 1n 1902. Although, the predominant ethnic group in Minna is Gwari, today it has become the melting pot of diverse ethnic groups.
AAIPSDS as an Institute is committed to producing graduates who are grounded in the theory and practice of conflict resolution and peace building, but also creative and thoughtful citizens who are essential for making positive contributions to the development and transformation of our country and continent.
The Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies (AAIPSDS) was established in 2002. However, its academic programmes became operational in 2003/2004 academic session. The Institute is named after a former Nigeria Head of State, Gen A.A Abubakar, GCFR, and CSG who is actively involved in peace building processes across Africa. The Institute is his contribution towards providing a platform for re-vitalizing the teaching, learning and studies of peace, conflict, peace-building education and practice in Africa. AAIPSDS is currently undergoing a significant turnaround strategy and re-positioning to review its programmes, improve on infrastructure, financial sustainability, human resources, and ICT facilities. The Institute was borne out of collaboration between a state tertiary institution, Niger State College of Education, Minna, a Continental Think-Thank and Advocacy Group, Pan-Africa Strategic and Policy Research Group (PANASTRAG).
These are the core values or qualities that the Institute, Faculty, students and alumni view as important and at every opportunity we intend to demonstrate and celebrate these values.
- People-Centeredness: in the pursuit of learning, teaching, studies and community service
- Excellence through initiative, enterprise and achievements that take society forward
- Partnerships through building alliances, networks and collaborations across sectors and beyond borders
- Diversity of cultures, ideas and peoples, fostering equal opportunities and personal dignity
- Integrity by upholding the highest levels of honesty and the ethical pursuit of knowledge
- Nurture the personal and intellectual growth of participants/students by building community in social, civic and academic realms;
- Be among the best at integrating teaching, learning, studies and community service
- Building an excellent faculty in all modules
- Significantly strengthen all aspects of the Institute; and
- Play a significant role in building partnerships and collaborations within the country and beyond to extend our national and global reach and influence