The European Union yesterday stepped up peace efforts in Plateau State with the launch of a N960 million programme.
The programme, which will be implemented by three organisations , including Apurimac Onlus, Deutsche Gesellechaft Fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Search for Common Ground, is to be implemented in the 17 local government Areas of the state.
Speaking at the launch of the programme held yesterday at the Crest Hotel in Jos, the leader of EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Alan Monday, said: “This programme aims at contributing to peace-building and conflict prevention efforts in Plateau State by strengthening the mechanisms of conflict resolution and fighting youth unemployment.
“It will support confidence building mediation and reconciliation initiatives between communities in order to reduce the level of violence and strengthen peaceful coexistence among communities.
“Essentially, the programme aims at addressing both the consequences and the root cause of the conflict in Plateau State while calling on the citizens to support the project in order to achieve the objectives.”
He added: Our expectation in the peace process in Plateau State is very high. We want to make a genuine contribution to a positive change in the lives of the people of the state. We wish to make a difference. We want to contribute to laying the foundation for a long lasting peace and prosperity.”