Conflict Management: PLAN, Kaduna Peace Commission Organise Training Programme for 30 Youth Influencers
In an effort to find a lasting solution to the incessant violence at Kajuru Local government area , PLAN International in collaboration with Kaduna State Peace Commission and Kukah Centre have organised a training and dialogue programme for youths influencers in the area .
Thirty youths from different ethnic background resident in Kajuru are drafted for the three-day training on conflict management and peace building.
In her opening remark during the training programme holding at Africa Continental Hotel ,Kaduna ,the Chief Executive Office of the Kaduna Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut said the youths between the ages of 15 and 35, were carefully selected and would be trained as influencers and peace ambassadors.
According to her , the youths are expected to take the message of peace to the residents and people of Kajuru local government area .
She explained ,“This the right time to engage with different stakeholders to sustain the fragile peace that we are enjoying in Kajuru at the moment.
“People in this room are considered to be influencer in their community leaders in their own area.
“We are to build and strengthen their capacities in conflict prevention and encourage them to find more peaceful ways of resolving conflict when they arise than choosing violence part.
“The youths will also be equipped with skills to meditate and resolve conflict in their community when the need arise.”
Cross section of participants at the training programme.
She however ,gave assurance that the number of participants would be scaled up the with time and engage as much as they can to return peace to the community.
On his part, the Project Coordinator, Plan International, Mr Bedwom Elias identified five communities in the state where they would be engaging youths.
He listed the communities to include; Dagama, Kasuwan Magani, Birnin Gwari, Rigasa and Sabon Gari Zaria.
“We saw the need to engage youths from Kajuru Local Government through KSYPA, to have the skill necessary for conflict management and peace building.
“They are expected to go back to their communities, come up with initiative and look at issues they have and reason of violence and ethno religious crisis.
“They are meant to discuss this issue with community members and come up with interventions that they can implement in community. This is basically a community based project and will be engaging new phase by September,” he said.
He explained that the programme would run for two years for them to be peace champions.
“We engage them positively, so we are giving them the opportunity to participate in issues that border on development
He noted that 100 youths were identified across the state, with 20 in each of the five communities, with 30 from Kajuru that would be trained in the next three days.
The Chairman, Kajuru Truth and Reconciliation Committee, Mr Patrick Maigari thanked the organizers of the event for their efforts, describing the training as apt.
He urged them to imbibe the training to enthrone sustainable peace in the area.
The representative of the Kukah Centre, Rev. Victor Barde expressed optimism that peace would soon return to Kaduna, especially with “this kind training programme “.