By Stanley Onyekwere
In furtherance to effort towards sustaining the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in the wake of the forth coming general elections, the FCT Administration has designed a programme aimed at enlightening and engaging residents on the need to embrace peace during and after the election.
In a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Security Matters, Prince Nwazuruahu Shield revealed that the engagement will afford participating stakeholders the platform to exchange ideas and suggest strategies necessary to facilitate peace during electioneering campaigns, election exercise and post elections.
“To sustain the relative peace within the nation’s capital, the FCT Minister has mandated the office of the Special Assistant on Security Matters to proactively engage the public, particularly the civil society groups and well-meaning partners on a round-table sessions, to discuss and articulate ways of ensuring maximum security during the afore stated period,” the statement stressed.
Nwazuruahu further said that a one-day engagement programme has been designed for each Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory, to enable citizens, civil society organisations, security agencies and international bodies brainstorm and fashion out the possible ways to achieve peaceful coexistence in all the Area Councils of the territory.
According him, participants of the event which has been slated for 20th November 2014, would be drawn from USAID, DFID, UKAID, CIDA, American Embassy in Nigeria, NLC, NBA and NMA.
“Other participants include Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jama’atu Nasrul Islam, Abuja, Market Women Association, Friends of FCT, Red Cross Society, Traditional rulers, representative of political parties, NUJ, TUC NSE, and Hotel owners,” the statement added.