By Ayinde Olaide Abdulsaheed
Bogoro (Bauchi), Jan. 16, 2019 (NNN) A Bauchi-based Non Governmental Organization ‘Young Leaders Network’ on Wednesday, organized a workshop on peace building and conflict resolution for 50 youths and women in Bogoro Local Government area of the state.
Speaking at the occasion, Project Coordinator of the Organisation, Mrs Adebukola Idris, said the aim of the workshop was to sensitize and make the youth and women acquainted with causes of conflict, types of conflicts, conflict resolution, as well as peace building.
She said the workshop would also increase the intelligence and human relations skills of participants as they participated in politics and any other human relations activities.
The coordinator said the programme, funded by National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC , had enabled them to carry out ‘citizenship participation projects’.
“Young Leaders Network is a passionate NGO about youth, women, leadership development, peace building , among others.
“Right now, this particular project is funded by National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC and with their aid, we are carrying out citizenship participation projects.
“This is because we have seen situations whereby out -of -school youth and women are being marginalized and not included in politics and decision-making.
“In a nutshell, this particular project brings about strengthening their ability to actively participate in decision-making because they have it inside of them but it is dormant,” Idris said.
She further explained that the first phase of the project was conducted in Dass and Alkaleri Local Government Areas of Bauchi, where five non-partisan groups were drawn from each of the areas.
She said the groups were effectively engaged, sensitized and strengthened which led to a great success.
“Five non partisan groups were drawn in the first phase of this project which took place in Dass and Alkaleri.
“We lectured and strengthened them just as we are doing here in Bogoro now; we had a success story because some of them were inspired and they came out to aspire for political seats in this coming elections.
“In furtherance, those who did not come out to aspire for any political position, formed a coalition, engaged their leaders and demanded for their rights by presenting to them, pledge cards,” she said.
Also speaking during the workshop, the Guest Speaker, Barr. Andara William,said conflict was inevitable due to differences in expectations and approach to life, hence, conflict management became critical.
He however urged them to be determined in their quest to be relevant in the society and also play the role of peace ambassadors.
A participant, Gani Kamata, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) that he had benefited immensely from the programme.
“Honestly speaking, I have benefitted a lot from this youth training and awareness, it has been an interesting forum where we were educated a lot about our rights as voters and citizens.
“Aside that, we have also learnt about some of the things we are to do if we voted for somebody and the person comes out to become something different or reneged on his campaign promises,” said Kamata. (NNN)