This programme has been organised to build the capacity of relevant stakeholders like you on how to contribute your quota more creatively and vigorously in peace building processes.
KAPECOM has taken the initiative in organising communities and stakeholders towards restoring security, peace and harmonious co-existence in several local government areas. The LGAs include Kajuru, Kauru, Kaura, Chikun, Kachia, Kaura, Kauru and Sanga, among others. It has done that through training a corps of volunteers like you to be more effective believing that those at the grassroots are better placed to initiate and implement sustainable peace processes.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Kaduna State Peace Commission, KAPECOM, Barr. Priscilla Ankut made the explanation to participants at a training workshop for members of the Atyap peace and security partnership organised by the commission in Kaduna.
According to her, This training programme is in line with similar ones that have been organised by the Commission in the last three years with the assistance of our partners, especially Mercy Corps. We are especially grateful and appreciative to them for their assistance and continued partnership with us. Let me add that Mercy Corps has added value to our efforts to build the capacity of volunteers and other stakeholders in the peace and security processes.
Over the years, the Commission has evolved initiatives such as capacity building, negotiation and mediation for several communities. This is because the Commission believes that community-driven initiatives involving state and non-state actors offer the most effective approach to securing sustainable peace and security in communities.
She further stated, The Commission has designed and organised capacity building programme on early warning and early response (EW and ER), mediation and inter-religious dialogue for state-level religious actors. In this regard, I am happy to report that the same are being stepped down at local government and ward levels. So far, EW and ER, mediation and inter-religious units have been inaugurated in the offices of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI).
Capacity building is an effective tool in community-driven approach to peace building and sustenance. And working with relevant stakeholders like you, and strengthening strategic partnerships through creative efforts and deployment of resources, will stimulate the added impetus needed to achieve sustainable peace, security and harmonious co-existence.
KAPECOM believes that working with stakeholders, including community, religious, youth and women’s groups, traditional and political leaders, will encourage dialogue, negotiation and mediation efforts. Through these groups, momentum for creative community-driven initiatives can be undertaken and sustained. An example of this is the Kajuru Truth and Reconciliation Committee (KTRC) whose members were trained in 2019 and have stepped down programmes for LG and Ward-level volunteers.
The Deputy Chief of Party, Mercy Corp, said, the workshop is specifically for the Atyap Chiefdom Peace and Security Community partnership. This is a Committee put together by the Paramount Chief of Atyap Chiefdom in collaboration with KAPECOM and the Kaduna State Government to help with the engaging communities in peace building engagement to be able to reduce to the minimum the incidences of violent conflict and to improve societal cohesion and peaceful coexistence.