Ford Foundation, media organisation announce working group on peace building
A national Working Group on peace building and conflict prevention has been launched to monitor and engage with various social formations in Nigeria.
The working group made up of leaders of youth driven bodies will work with leaders of indigenous communities, faith-based groups and the civil society towards a people-driven mechanism for peaceful co-coexistence.
The working group was a product of series of summits and conflict management trainings for youth controlled organisations and critical stakeholders in the six geo-political zones.
The programme organised by Nigeria’s foremost media group, Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER), with the support of Ford Foundation, drew participants from various segments, including but not limited to religions, cultural, social and ethnic groupings. No fewer than 500 groupings, representing millions of people and hundreds of communities took part in the project so far.
Announcing a 19-member working group, drawn from government, civil society, ethic and religious based associations, the Executive Director of Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER), Mr Adewale Adeoye said conflict often fester when the people and authorities concerned fail to nip it in the bud through fair and open-minded platforms where key actors constructively engage one another.
He however said governments’ efforts needed to be complemented by the people themselves, especially when at times authority initiatives are viewed with doubts by conflict actors and peace beneficiaries.