Why we‘re training youth on peace building, leadership skills –IPCR

By OchiakaUgwu

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has said that its main aim of partnering with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in training 50 Nigerian youth drawn from various segments of the society was to make them meet up with the current challenges facing the nation.
This was made known yesterday by the Director-General of the Institute, Prof. Oshita O. Oshita during the opening ceremony of a-week-long training tagged “Youth, Leadership and Peace building” organized in Abuja by the Institute in collaboration with UNESCO.
Speaking during the event, Prof. Oshita who was represented by the Director of the National Peace Academy (NPA), Dr. BosedeAwodola, a training wing of the Institute said the training was imperative to enable youth meet up the challenges currently facing the nation in the area of violent conflict.
Her words, “There is no better time to organize this training than now, because we all know what is happening in the country today in terms of security challenges and youth agitation. Based on this reality, we consider it necessary to gather youth together as an Institute that deals on peace building to train them and sharpen their leadership skills that will make them engender peace in their daily activities”.
Continuing, Osita said participants were drawn from the six states of North Central zone of Kwara, Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, Benue, Niger and FCT and picked from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO).
She said while some are activists in various fields of human endenvour, others work in organizations that are in the business of mainstreaming peace.
Oshita, who thanked UNESCO for sponsoring the program, said they could do better by extending it to other geo-political zones of the country.
“Whatever you want to say, the youth are formidable force in peace building and that is why they are participating in this program. You can also see that some participants are from the religious body and that is why we are saying that religious bodies should as well focus on peace building.
“We want them to go back to their various communities after the training and replicate what they have gotten here to ensure a peaceful and stabile society” he said.
Also speaking, a participant, youth activist and student of the academy, HadizaShettimah said the training will empower her to advocate and mainstream peace especially now that the nation needed peace and stability given the spate of challenges confronting it.
Tunde Salman, a participant from the Team for Good Governance said that the time is now for Nigerians to embrace peace as we approach 2019 election.

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