By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Promoting better communal relations, interest-based negotiation, mediation and peace-building is key to sustaining peace.
The Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM) His Grace, Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon expressed this while briefing the press at KAPECOM’s Quarterly Meeting at its headquarters in Kaduna on April 6, 2021.
“The Commission has received tremendous support and cooperation from domestic and international partners in the area of capacity building support and training community stakeholders and other peace workers.
“Most of such have been on promoting better communal relations, interest-based negotiation, mediation and peace-building. This is because community driven initiatives are often the best and more workable approach to building and sustaining peace,” he said.
According to him, in furtherance of that, the commission organised workshops on Early Warning and Early Response last year.
“In 2020, the Commission, through collaboration with Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and Mercy Corps, organized training workshops on Early Warning and Early Response (EW and ER) for traditional rulers, youth and women groups across the state.
“Another was organized for members of the Kajuru Truth and Reconciliation Committee (KTRC). Hence, the successes achieved last year is the result of collective teamwork, cooperation and commitment by the people of the state and the various institutions and organisations that remain committed to a vision of a peaceful Kaduna State,” he said.
KAPECOM Chairman used the opportunity in appreciating various organisations and institutions that supported the Commission in its work.
“The Ford Foundation, UNDP, DFID, USIP, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and Mercy Corps have continued to provide enormous support whenever and wherever the need arose. The Commission looks forward to more of this support and cooperation.
“Finally, the Commission would like to appreciate the goodwill and continuous support ofGovernor Ahmed Nasir el-Rufai and the Kaduna State House of Assembly. Together with traditional rulers, security agencies, LGA chairmen and local and international partners, they contributed in creating an enabling environment that encouragedthe Commission and other peacebuilding organisations to work efficiently in the state,” he added.
Idowu-Fearon said that they also contributed in building peaceful, prosperous and integrated communities in many communities.
“We appeal to well-meaning and peace loving Nigerians and institutions to continue to support the Commission and do all they can to ensure that the state remains peaceful,” he appealed.