Plan International is to promote peaceful coexistence, inclusive peacebuilding, and conflict transformation processes, in Plateau and Kaduna state.
The Country Director, Plan International, Mr. Charles Usie made this known at the End of Project Dissemination meeting of a partner project of middle belt youth peace-building programme in Abuja embarked on for two years in the pilot States.
Mr. Usie said the project was carried out to engage youths in five communities prone to crises in plateau and Kaduna to ensure peaceful coexistence among the two major faiths in the areas.
“We are happy that at both states, the agencies saddled with the efforts of peacebuilding have engaged with the young people who are the drivers of this intervention and have acknowledged the potency of their approach.”
” We hereby use the opportunity to call on the government in both states to adopt this project, adopt the approach, work with the young people in the communities we have worked with and expand the initiatives to other locations in the state.”
”What we have given the states alongside these young people is a model that works, that can work better still with states investing in it.”
The two years programme had improved on the mindset of violence among youths in the region as the environment had to experience relative peace in the pilot areas of Kajuru, Rigasa, Kasuwan Magani, Sabon Gari-Zaria Birni-Gwari of Kaduna state and Daffo, Yelwa-Shandam, Jos-Jarawa, Rukuba and Mangu of Plateau state respectively.
On his part, Member, Plateau State House of Assembly, Representing Riyom centre, Mr. Timothy Dantong who commended Plan international and Center for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN), for the initiative, stressed that the youth had brought relative peace to the communities.
Dantong promised to sustain the initiative of the process of restoring peace to the state while also appealing to Plan International to extend the gesture to other communities in the state.
Other stakeholders at the forum pledged to work towards peace to ensure the nation remained an indivisible entity.
By: Florence Adewale- edited by Modupe Aduloju