The Ford Foundation says it will partner the Kaduna State Peace Commission to address the various ethnic and religious conflicts in the state as well as strengthen peace and civic engagement.
The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Commission, Priscilla Ankut made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen after meeting with the Ford Foundation in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
She said, “The foundation is interested in establishing strategic partnership with the government, particularly towards engaging youths in civic political processes.
“So, they thought of our newly established commission, inquired about our activities and engagements and how they can begin to strengthen partnership with us.’’
Ankut mentioned that some of the issues raised at the meeting included strengthening mutual relationships, youth unemployment and use of land resources which trigger clashes between pastoralists and farmers amongst others.
According to her, both parties have taken notes of the issues involved and will work together on implementable action plans.
On some of the accomplishments of the commission since its establishment in November 2017, Ankut said it had prevented retaliation on violent conflict in some areas of the State.
“We have also engaged some community members in dialogue, by helping them to find more peaceful solutions to their problems rather than picking up arms, she stressed”.
“Some other areas that we have benefited include the consultation aspects with communities, speaking with traditional institutions, religious groups and also getting their support and interest, she added”.
On her part, the Vice Chairperson, Ford Foundation, Hillary Pennington said the meeting was to work out areas of intervention to strengthen peace and harmony in the state.
She said the foundation had been working in Nigeria since 1958, adding, “we are here because we feel there is nothing more important than peace, considering Nigeria being an important country in Africa and we are ready to give our support”.