From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has called for increased sensitization and awareness to communities to reduce incidences of violence, thuggery in the November 16 governorship election in the state.
Dr Mohammed Usman, chairman, Board of Directors of the organization made the call in a statement made available to newsmen last Thursday in Lokoja.
Usman said that the violent disruption of the PDP primary by gunmen was a clear demonstration of the fact that the coast was not yet clear for a peaceful conduct of the exercise.
He said that efforts should be intensified not to disenfranchised the electorates, especially at the grassroots, hence the need for intensified sensitization and proper security arrangement to address possible resurgence of violence before, during and after the election.
The board chairman urged all stakeholders, the politicians the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Security Agencies Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the electorate to work together towards achieving a free, fair and peaceful election.
He said that PIBCID, established in 2009 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as an independent organization and set up by “A visionary person”, Mr Victor Adejoh, has been working in partnership with and support from Action Aid Nigeria.
He said that the organization in partnership with women and youth groups, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) government at local, state and national levels, has been working to address the underlying causes of poverty in resource marginalized and derelict communities.
“Our values at PIBCID which determine our interventions with the people and communities are integrity, transparency, accountability, equity, Justice, fairness and team spirit.
“These have greatly influenced our focus on Women’s rights, Good Governance, Education, Food and Agriculture, Human Security in Conflict emergencies and Health”, he said.
The Board chairman used the opportunity to announce the elevation of Mrs Halima O. Sadiq as the Acting Executive Director of the Organisation following the resignation of Mrs Gift Omoniwa Owonipa.
He revealed that efforts were in top gear to celebrate PIBCID’s 10th year anniversary in the state and enjoined its partners, government agencies, other NGOs and communities to take note of the transition, for enhanced partnership and cooperation.