From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
ActionAid Nigeria, an International Non-governmental Organisation has called on Nigerian youths to promote peaceful coexistence through constructive engagement with duty bearers rather than presenting themselves as ready tools for violence.
Halima Sadiq, Acting Executive Director, Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change In Development (PIBCID), ActionAid local rights partners in Kogi, made the call at the 2019 Igalamela Youth Renaissance Dialogue held in Ajaka, headquarters Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Area over the weekend.
Our Correspondent reports that the dialogue is part of the ActionAid three-year System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SARVE II) project funded by Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF).
The Acting Executive Director, said about 600 youths drawn from 320 communities in the local government, that peace was a necessity for growth and development hence the need to imbibe, uphold and be guided by it in all your endeavours.
Mr Friday Ogezi, Project Officer ActionAid Nigeria, speaking at the occasion, also charged the youths and all participants to promote peaceful coexistence through constructive engagements with duty bearers.
Mrs Gift Omoniwa, Project Coordinator, Search for Common Ground presenting a paper, “Youth Development Initiative for Preventing Violent Extremism”, charged the youth to always articulate their demands and needs through development programmes and approach politicians ahead of elections.
Mr Haruna Isiaka, Guest Speaker from Kogi Health Management Board, (HMB) also presented a paper on the Role of Youth in Sustainable Democracy and Consequences of Electoral Violence.
Ali Nasiru, President of the Igalamela Youth Renaissance Group commended ActionAid Nigeria and PIBCID for their efforts at ensuring peace in and among communities their numerous interventions.
Our Correspondent also reports that the Etemahi of Igalamela, Chief Abel Etuh, member representing the constituency at the state House of Assembly, Cosmas Atabor, LG Administrator and representatives of the NAVY, NDLEA, NSCDC, Police and others graced the occasion.