By Muhammad Babayo Asha.
Participants at a peace building dialogue for young adults and the vulnerable groups in Bauchi state have advocated the urgent promulgation and domestication of the Child Right Act before the Bauchi and Gombe state Houses of Assembly.
They also solicited for the urgent passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition VAPP Law in the two states to ensure the protection of the rights of children and women being the most vulnerable in the society.
They made the appeal at a forum organized by a Non Governmental Organization, Sharing Education and Learning For Life SELL Foundation, Nigeria, which is the initiative of St. Patrick’s Mission was into peace building programmes for youth and vulnerable groups in some northern states.
Some of them Mr Jinjiri Garba from BASNEC and Bulak Afsa, NUJ representative who commended the Foundation for championing the course of peace building among communities in the two states pledged to support it to achieve its vision and mission.
They stressed the need to support the volunteers to enable them step down the knowledge acquired towards promoting peace, conflict resolution and advocacy visits as well as inter religious dialogue for the overall development of the two states.
In an interview, convener of the dialogue Mr Beji Benjamin Jibe said the volunteers have been trained on effective ways to prevent gender based violence, peace building, human development, entrepreneurship, as well as community capacity building among others.
Mr Beji Benjamin who is also the Programme Coordinator said for the past three years the volunteers mainly youth from Bauchi, Gombe and Tafawa Balewa have been propagating the gospel of peaceful coexistence among ethno religious and heterogeneous tribes.
He said the aim of the dialogue was to review the progress made and challenges encountered and to proffer sought for possible solutions from the stakeholders.
The Programme Coordinator commended Bauchi state government and the wife of the state Governor for playing vital role in ensuring the elimination of the Gender Based Violence in the state and called on others to emulate.
The meeting drew participants from Bauchi Gombe and Tafawa Balewa as well as the media, civil society and non governmental organizations.