Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM) took another bold step towards expanding its peacebuilding and peace-making processes in the 23 local government areas of the state in the month of August with a training workshop for Chikun Local Government Peace Committee.
Organized by the Commission, and sponsored by Kudirat Abiola Sabon Gari Peace Foundation, 30 persons were drawn from all the wards in the LGA, participants were trained on early warning and early response (EWERS).
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Permanent Commissioner, Hajiya Khadijah Hawaja Gambo the training programme came about at a time of increased insecurity occasioned by violent crimes, kidnappings, rape, cattle rustling, communal clashes and banditry in virtually every local government area (LGA).
Hawaja explained that in order to achieve its core mandate of systematically looking into the root causes of crisis and proffering solutions, established local government peace committees (LGPCs) to step down peace-making and peacebuilding at the grassroots level where conflicts and insecurity had been consuming lives and property.
She added that the capacity training workshop was the commencement of programme which is slated for all LGAs.
The training included understanding conflict, peace mediation, EWER, and building resilience in communities and is intended to equip participants with relevant skills to prepare them in the task of mitigating conflict and cases of insecurity.
According to her, this is so because critical stakeholders need to be exposed to modern, practical and effective ways and means of carrying out the task of securing their areas. To that effect, they would also be exposed to conflict early warning and early response system (CEWERS) which was recently launched by Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.
Hawaja encouraged participants to be diligent, eager, open-minded and participate seriously during the workshop to derive maximum benefit, while calling on development partners, either as responders or tension managers in our communities, to live up to the responsibilities they have been saddled with.