BY ISRAEL BULUS, KAFANCHAN
A Stakeholders forum on community peace action and sustainable development in Jema’a Local Government Area has opened in Kafanchan with a call on participants to approach the event devoid of any mundane and primordial attachments.
The forum tagged “Jema’a Peace Summit” drew participants from across traditional, women and youth groups in the local government area, is organized by the local government council with the support of USAID/OTI-Nigerian Early Recovery Initiative (NERI).
Declaring the summit open, the Chairman, Jema’a Local Government Area, Mr. Peter Danjuma Averik, said the over 250 stakeholders and key Community Peace actors are expected to x-ray critical issues with implication to peace and make consensus on drivers of conflict and instability in the local government at large.
The Council Chairman was however, optimistic that the outcomes at the end of the summit would form the solid base upon which the local government in partnership with USAID/OTI-NERI would build its peace engagements and other intervention activities.
Giving their fatherly blessings to the summit, the Emir of Jama’a, Muhammadu Isah Muhammadu and the Agwam Zikpak, Dr. Josiah, described the summit as timely and assured their support to any group or individual bent towards promoting peace and peaceful coexistence.
Earlier, the Program Manager, USAID/OTI-NERI, Mrs. Chikodinaka, reaffirmed the commitment of the organization to ensuring peace is restored to the area.