By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the aegis of Generations for Peace, (GFP), has called on Kaduna State Government to involve it in the activities and funding of the state Peace Commission.
The Senior Administrative Officer of GFP Nigeria, Mr. Eric John made the request when he led stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders, political leaders, ministries, departments and agencies, NGOs, CBOs, CSOs and security agencies on advocacy visit to the Commission on Thursday in Kaduna.
According to him, the involvement of GFP in the activities of the Commission will go a long way in peace advocacy among all in the state.
The group suggested the setting up of leadership centres where youth are trained in leadership skills to successfully implement peace building advocacy campaign across the state; adding that effective collaboration and partnership with GFP Nigeria should be intensified in order to carry out Community Initiatives in their respective zones.
Other areas the group suggested include; engaging them for peace and as a partner in the state-wide training and delivery of peace programmes with access to state actors and community facilities.
Mr. John added that there is need to collaborate with GFP on grant proposals to international and local peace and development funders.
In her remarks, the Permanent Commissioner, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Khadijah Gambo, commended GFP for its laudable project, and also bringing along its stakeholders for the visit, saying this showed how multifaceted the group’s approach to the issue of resolving conflicts in the state.
While noting that peace is collective efforts, Gambo said the Commission would not take for granted anybody because the more hands there is working for peace in the state the better for all; and assured that the Commission is willing and ready to collaborate with GFP in any capacity so long it fits into its mission and vision.
“The time has come now for us to continue to lend our voices to speak out that there is need for peace to be in the priority list of budgeting.
“I am not saying this specifically to Kaduna state, but Nigeria as a whole because there seems to be no state in the country that is not suffering from one form of insecurity or the other,” she said.