From Plateau Peace Building Agency Information Desk
For any society emerging from the ashes of violent conflict to rebuild its broken social fabric, all stakeholders must engage with one another in confidence and trust, the Director General Plateau Peace Building Agency, PPBA, Mr. Joseph Lengmang has said.
According to Lengmang, trust and confidence were two sides of the same coin where one can hardly give one without the other.
The DG dropped the hint in Jos, the Plateau State capital, Central Nigeria yesterday at the opening of a 2-day Capacity Building Training on Trust and Confidence Building for representatives of Aten, Attakar, irigwe and Fulani communities from Bassa and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State, organized by the PPBA with support from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
Represented by the Director of Administration of the Agency, Mr. Gayi Timothy, Lengmang urged the participants to step down the training in their various communities to enable them engage with potential issues of conflict in a systematic fashion that would guarantee peace rather than chaos.
He commended USIP, the Kaduna Peace commission and the Plateau State government for supporting the work of the PPBA in its efforts at addressing long standing issues of conflict, as well, the prevention of new ones from emerging.
Earlier while enumerating the objectives of the training, Director of Programmes of PPBA, Godwin Okoko disclosed that the cardinal objective of the training was further explore means of enhancing inter-ethnic dialogues and to also identify some issues that are causing the conflict in the affected areas.
Okoko added that the participants’ capacity would be enhanced to enable them mediate in situations of conflict in their various localities and with other neighbouring communities in order to enhance their resilience especially now that the wet season has set in.
In their separate remarks, representatives of the Fulani community and Irigwe both in Bassa LGA expressed confidence that the engagement would afford them the opportunity to interact with one another, exchange views on ways to tackle the current security challenges facing their communities and also proffer enduring solutions to same.
They both called on the government and other Non-governmental organisations, NGOs, International Non-governmental Organisations, INGOS, Faith as well as Community Based Organisations (FBOs, CBOs), spirited individuals not to despair in their collective quest to rebuild the peace in the troubled areas.
Our correspondent reports that the two-day training brought together representatives of the communities comprising of women, youth, traditional leaders and religious leaders.