By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A NGO, Interfaith Mediation Centre, (IMC), has commenced a 2-day training and inauguration of Community Peace Observers, (CPOs), under its Community Initiatives to Promote Peace, (CIPP) programme for Gabasawa/Angwan Rimi Communities on Early Warning, Early Response (EWER) to conflict.
IMC Director of Conflict Management and Mitigation Regional Council, (CMMRC), Pastor Joshua Pyeng, said at the inauguration of the CPOs on Tuesday in Kaduna, that the training is aimed at empowering communities on how to resist violent extremism thereby promoting peaceful coexistence among communities.
He added that the training will also enable youth in the area to initiate what could prevent conflicts through early warning and early response within their communities.
According to the CMMRC Director, five participants where picked from Kabala, Angwan Rimi, Angwan Sarki and Angwan Kudu communities in Kaduna North Local Government Area, with additional 10 Observers from the areas to boost the trainees.
He said the training will equipped participants with leadership and dialogue skills in order to ensure peaceful coexistence in their communities; help them report conflict situation in their communities, link it to existing platforms at the state and national level.
He said that at the end of the two-day training, the youth will be equipped with leadership and dialogue skills to ensure peaceful coexistence in their various communities.
“At the end of the training it will improved participants’ communication skills, improved their skills to handle conflict situation.
“Participants’ leadership skills will improved, and also enhanced relationships across faith groups in CIPP communities,” Pyeng added.
An observer, Comrade Timothy Sajo, from Angwan Kudu community, commended IMC for the training, saying it was timely particularly now that the nation is in dire need of peace.
According to him, Nigerians today are more divided along ethno-religious and political lines, hence the training will enable participants on the know how to manage violence in their various communities.
A participant, Ms Monica Ado, from Gabasawa Community, said she was impressed with the training as it will help them stepped it down to their community members.