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EU Budgets €4.5 Million For Conflict Management In Plateau, Kaduna States

Agabus Pwanagba, Jos – In its continuous peace building efforts the European Union (EU) said it has budgeted the sum of €4.5 million for the second phase of its peace building and conflict prevention project in the two States – Plateau and Kaduna.

This was disclosed Thursday, by the body’s Head of Political Governance, Allah Munday, at the formal launching of the project’s activities, which is expected to last for 18 months.

Munday stated that the project was financed with the EU Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace.

The project which is being implemented by Apurimac Onlus, GIZ and Search for Common Ground.

“This project is specifically designed to offer a more rapid result in situation of crisis and urgent needs”.

He restated that the peace project has contributed to peace and conflict prevention in many communities of the State.

The EU representative maintained that the project would focus on Jos and its immediate surroundings as well as strengthen the mechanisms of conflict resolution.

“The second phase will target additional local government areas including one in neighbouring Kaduna state namely Kaura LGA bordering Riyom in Plateau State in order to properly address the cross boarder nature of the conflict between farmers and headers.

“The EU along with our international implementers that is GIZ, Search For Common Ground and Apurimac Onlus considered that there was sufficient success in the first phase, Munday indicated.

In his remarks, the Management Committee Chairman of Barkin Ladi LGA, Mr. Bulus Doro, lamented the high level of insecurity in the Council, saying the number of illegal weapons in the hands of individuals was alarming.

He therefore called on government at all levels to take drastic measures to tackle insecurity in the country.



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