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British Council trains 1,280 traditional leaders on conflict management in Adamawa

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The British Council Initiative, Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) has trained over 1,280 district and village heads on conflict management and peace resolution in Adamawa.

Abdulkadir Bello, Adamawa team leader of MCN, disclosed this during opening of a one-day sensitisation for women associations in Yola North local government area, held on Wednesday in Yola.

Bello said the training, held earlier in the year, was to build the capacity of the traditional leaders on peace building, conflict management and resolution at grassroot levels.

“The Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) initiated and supported by British Council had trained no fewer than 1,280 district, village and ward heads on handling crisis and building peace and resolution from four prominent traditional councils in the state.

“We trained 320 traditional leaders and their secretaries in each of the four councils of the state, including Adamawa and Mubi Emirates, Ganye and Numan Chiefdoms.

“In addition, we trained 40 female traditional leaders from each of the four councils to assist in handling gender related cases in their respective communities,” he said.

Bello said the whole objective was to assist in building peace and stability and finding lasting solution to all conflicts from grassroot to state levels in the northeast region.

In his remarks, Mr Ebruke Esike, Executive Director, Global Peace Development, said the sensitisation was organised by the Global Peace in collaboration with Centre for Health and Development in Africa with the support of British Council.

Esike said about 15 women groups were being targeted from six communities in three local government areas of the state .

He said the core objective of the sensitisation was to increase capacity of women and girls, and to support conflict management and peace building initiatives.

“The importance of women and girl – child role in peace and security cannot be over emphasized.

“Because women are strong elements for peace building if they are properly trained. They are good managers in handling conflicts and peace stability,” Esike said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that about 70 women and girls from various associations participated  in the sensitisation workshop.

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