Babangida Galleon, from Yola.
Youths in the Gyawana community of Lamurde local Government area of Adamawa State have been advised to engage in positive activities that will foster peace, stability, and development of their community.
Professor Momodu Abdulkareem Jude of the center for peace and security studies, modibbo Adama University Yola, who was also the facilitator at the youth peace and security forum advised the program held at the Gyawana community town hall.
The event was organized by the Kauna farmers association in collaboration with Global peace development, supported by managing conflict in Nigeria, and funded by European Union.
Professor Jude who presented four papers on contributions of youth forum/peace and security in Adamawa, understanding the key concepts Youths restiveness and extremism said the essence is to bring to the knowledge of the factors of the youth that will expose them to violence.
He also drew the attention of the participants to how to redirect their attention and energy to things that will bring about peace and development in their area.
Professor Jude expressed satisfaction with the response from the youths during the forum and urged them not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs to cause chaos in their community rather, they can contribute meaningfully to the growth of their area and Adamawa as a whole.
Earlier in her welcome address, the chairperson of the Kauna farmers association, Mrs. Veronica Vincent scholar said the youth forum aims to enlighten youths in the Community on the dangers associated with taking drugs.
Mrs. Veronica added that the rate at which youths in the area are engaging in drug abuse is alarming, hence the need for the Enlightenment program.
She appealed to the participants to make good use of the knowledge acquired to help them shun violence of any form in the area while commending global peace development and managing conflict in Nigeria for the intervention and urged them to sustain the tempo.
Also speaking, the project officer of the program, Beauty John said the activity is a five-month intervention that is aimed at creating more awareness for women, girls, and youths including people living with disabilities to be more productive agents of mitigating conflict, promoting peacebuilding, and strengthening social cohesion.
Beauty John noted that the intervention is funded by the British council managing conflict in Nigeria supported by Global peace development and implemented by the Kauna farmers association.
She stated that they are intervening in two local governments, Guyuk, and lamurde local government areas, focusing on peacebuilding in five wards each of the two local government areas.
Beauty John stressed that they are working with various women associations with the objective of training, and enhancing their knowledge of peacebuilding on conflict mitigation approaches.
Some of the participants, Sunday Pambin, Vivian Justice, and Michael solos all lauded the Kauna farmers association, and the British council managing conflict in Nigeria for coming up with such a program and promised to step down the knowledge gained to people around them.