By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
Following what could be best described as cosmetic relationship especially amongst the Nigerian youth due to the religion and ethnic bias, a non governmental organisation known as Linking the Youths of Nigeria Through Exchange (LYNX) has taken a bold steps to bridge the gap by training forty out of school youths.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of an event organised by LYNX, funded by the United State (US) Embassy Abuja on English Youth Leadership and Civil Engagement in Nigeria, Jos, plateau State, the National Program Officer, Mr. Ganiyu Ibikunle said the essence of the project is to curb violent extremism among the youths.
He also explained that the aim is to make the youth to become peace builders, caring for out of school children, improving their English Language and empowering them in various entrepreneurial skills.
Ibikunle said: “Forty Youths (40) were being trained on community English curriculum and the same youths were also been enrolled in their various communities, Jenta and Gangare respectively.
“The Community Service Project done by the youths in Gangare was the renovation of the two falling transformer fence which actually exposed danger to the Community.
“While youths in Jenta community has done the cleaning of Primary Health Centre in the area, and procurement of the Medical equipments”, he explained.
Ibikunle, called on the parents to monitor every movement taken by their children, as they have major role to play in molding them to be good ambassadors of peace in the society, saying they should not be allowed to be use by politicians to perpetrate their evil agendas.
He urged the trainees to replicate whatever they have been taught during the training in their various localities for a better society.
In given his account on the achievement in community relations, Aliyu Adam, Director North East Foundation For Peace Professional, Jos Plateau State, said “the program have helped them live with people from different ethic group, think wisely in daily lives, to be useful in the community, to discovered the potential in us, we were equally taught how to mediate a problem no matter how hard the situation is, adding that now, the youths are peace makers, we are ready to give our time and strength, together with our skills to bring more changes to our communities”.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of news, articles, drama and certificates to trainees for a successful completion of the programme.