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PIND inducts 90 youths into Niger Delta peace champions programme

PIND inducts 90 youths into Niger Delta peace champions programme
August 04
13:25 2022

The Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) has inducted 90 youths into its Niger Delta Peace Champions Programme.

In a statement on Thursday, PIND said the youths will join its network of peace actors in peace-building, conflict Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) and carrying out interventions where they live and work in the region.

The organisation working to address socio-economic issues in the Niger Delta said the inductees included 51 men, 39 women and five people living with disabilities.

According to David Udofia, PIND’s peace-building programme manager, the programme, which empowers 18 to 35-year-olds, is part of PIND’s peace-building strategy of contributing to preventing, mitigating and resolving violent conflicts in the Niger Delta.

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“Members are young people passionate about making a difference in their communities through peace-building,” Udofia said.

“They were selected for their passion for supporting existing peace-building structures and implementing solutions to conflicts.”

He said the youths learned how to use PIND’s EWER system to report conflicts and respond to those threats quickly while they were also shown how to send text messages through PIND’s Integrated Peace and Development Unit (IPDU) SMS-based platform.

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Speaking on some benefits of the programme to the youth, Chukwudi Njoku, PIND’s peace-building capacity building coordinator, said it was an opportunity for the participants to gain new knowledge, share ideas and contribute to peace and development in their communities and the Niger Delta at large.

He added that the beneficiaries also benefit from training in leadership, volunteerism, conflict management, analysis, peace-building advocacy, community engagement and election monitoring/reporting. They also learned the applicability of innovations such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for peace-building processes.

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