By Frederick Peters, KADUNA

NEWSDAILYNIGERIA- The Interfaith Mediation Centre, (IMC) through her Conflict Mitigation and Management Regional Council (CMMRC) has visited the newly appointed Esu II of Chikun, HRH Ishaku Yari, the leadership of the Kaduna State Peace Commission,(KAPECOM) and a School in Kaduna North LGA.

The visits are part of activities to sustain engagements and partnership with key peace stakeholders, in enhancing peaceful coexistence in the state, while responding proactively, to early warnings and threats to peace in the communities.

At the palace of the Esu II of Chikun. the Chairman, Kaduna State Conflict Mitigation and Management Regional Council,( CMMRC) Alhaji Yusuf Usman, said the essence of the visit is to enhance collaboration in fostering peaceful conducts within the Chiefdom and its environs.

He said the group is there to also congratulate him on his recent appointment and installation as the Esu Chikun II

He noted that part of the visit is to contribute their efforts to ensure that peace is sustained within Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole.

Responding, HRH. Mr, Ishaku Yari, welcomed the delegation and said the need for peace cannot be overemphasized as peace is the bedrock for any meaningful development and progress in any society

While commending the peace initiatives and commitment of the CMMRC in the State he assured them of his readiness to support them and contribute his quota to enhancing peaceful coexistence in the state and country

Earlier, at the Kaduna State Peace Commission, the team was received by the Executive Vice Chairman Sale Momale, who welcomed and commended IMC/ CMMRC for their commitment and while giving an overview of their activities since inception noted that they can both do more better for enduring peace in the State.

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While advocating the need to relive our lost values to nip in the bud the issues of conflicts and insecurity bedevilling us as a people, he assured of his commitment to facilitate support from government on their activities, such as early warnings and responses, to deal with lapses.

He lamented the issue of youth restiveness and the need to understand the dynamics and appropriate responses and recommendations required adding that Parents Teachers Associations (PTA) and others need to be involved, with a call on IMC/CMMRC for a more elaborate collaboration.

On his part, the Chairman of the Conflict Mitigation and Management Regional Council, (CMMRC) Alhaji Yusuf Usman said the group consists of 25 members drawn from different government and agencies/relevant stakeholders in order to mitigate and manage conflicts that is reported and to seek for collaboration in all activities that will be implemented in other to bring about lasting peace in the State and beyond.

Speaking further he said the issue of early warning early response is everybody’s business, therefore the collaboration will help in quick response and intervention when the need arises. He highlighted many interventions carried out by the structure.

Adding that presently they are planning to carry a visit to Doka Boys’ Secondary School, in Kaduna North Local Government Area, where it was reported that some of the students are deeply involved in illicit drugs, and gangsterism/restiveness, which is a source of concern, they also promised to visit His Royal Highness Etsu Chikun that was recently crowned as the Paramount ruler of Gbagyi in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

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In a similar development the IMC, CMMRC and Media Forum on Peace journalism jointly visited the Government Boys Secondary School, Doka, Kaduna North, and conveyed the message of peace to the students and teachers, while urging the students to stay away from drugs, thuggery, gangs and any deviant behaviour, the group charged them to take their studies very seriously, if they must attain heights in life


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