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ActioAid/PIBCID trains 500 pupils as ambassadors of peace

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ActioAid/PIBCID trains 500 pupils as ambassadors of peace

By John Akubo

Participation Initiative for Behavioral Change in Development (PIBCID) in partnership with ActionAid Nigeria is training over 500 pupils to be Peace ambassadors in their communities to nip violent extremism in the bud in Kogi State.

The PIBCID and ActionAid Nigeria are working through the office of the Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on Education and Kogi State Universal Basic Education Board in a bid to tackle the issue of insecurity to prevent terrorism in the Northeast and all of other crimes in the country from spreading to Kogi State.
ActionAid Country director Ene Obi speaking at the launch of the mentors guide for facilitating Peace Club activities among young people said the mentors’ guide has been designed for facilitating Peace Club Sessions in Schools in Kogi State which is also applicable anywhere across the country.
Speaking through Director of Finance ActionAid Oluwole Elegbede she said the essence of the club is for them to be proactive and take measures to ensure that the things that are happening in the North east does not happen down here. “We need to be prepared to take adequate steps ahead.”
She observed that they have been involved in Kogi State for more than 10years working in various communities adding that in the course of their work they got to know a lot of things.
“One of the things we challenge ourselves is to combat this issue of radicalism among our youths. One vehicle through which it can be achieved we believe is to engage directly with the youths and their groups and that informed the formation of these peace clubs across the various youth organizations here.
“What we are doing is the launch of the mentors’ guide. We are launching the Mentors’Guide because you don’t give people a responsibility without a guide.”
According to her, It is participatory, it is going to be owned by the youths themselves so at the end they are contributing to something they know is theirs.
“That has been our approach. We call it participatory Vulnerability Analyses.”
She indicated that they have programs in about 30 States of the country.
“One thing we do first is community assessment when we enter any community or State to know the issue. It cuts across various dimensions, it might be something else in other States but what we do essentially is to partner with the community and the State to make sure that whatever we see as an issue that needs our collective engagement we do that and that is what we are doing.
The country director urged the people to embrace peace to make sure everyone appreciate the fact that everybody needs other people. “There is no denarrative to any issue, your wisdom ends where my own starts why don’t we engage one another and learn from one another that will engender enduring peace.
Executive Director of Participation Initiative for Behavioral Change in Development, Gift Omoniwa Owonikpa said apart from the launch of the Mentors guide they also formerly inaugurated the Peace clubs in 6 schools in 6 communities in Kogi State.
“It is our hope that the peace clubs after the inauguration and when fully operational from today would work for peace.
“We expect that the children will be Peace Ambassadors in their communities, they will develop the culture of peace right from when they are young.
“So we are able to prevent the tendencies of radicalisation and violent extremism as it is obtainable today. We also hope that the children would be able to communicate peace in their communities and encourage to live in an atmosphere of peace.
“The focus is the young ones, we are targeting the younger generation so they could grow up to be peaceful Nigerians.”

The peace ambassadors she said are made up of over 500 children in the loop drawn from community primary schools Ofuloko and Ojapapata in Igalamela Local Government areas.
Others are Osara Gada community primary school, Anu community primary school and Osara community primary schools.

“They are pilot schools where we hope to learn from and spread to other schools in the other Local Government areas in Kogi State.”

‘What we are expecting is for in every community what is necessary for development is peaceful coexistence among various stakeholders.
“What we expect at the end of this, going forward is a peaceful Kogi State in the course of time, where everybody would be his brothers’ keeper. That is our contribution.”

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Zamfara State Government has indicated that the over 300 Students kidnapped by Bandits are still in the den of their abductors.

Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Magaji, debunked some online media reports that claimed the female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe have regained freedom.
He stated: “Governor Bello Matawalle and his aides have been been having sleepless nights since Friday when the girls were abducted by gunmen.

He said they have been working round the clock, making frantic efforts that will lead to the safe release of the victims.
He expressed dismay that that some persons, who do not know the details of the situation, will try to further hurt the victims’ parents, government and security by ridiculing the effort with falsehood.
“The state government will come immediately and happily inform the world as soon as the girls are released.”

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New fuel price regime in the offing

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A new fuel price regime between N170 and N175 may be approved by the federal government this week, Daily Trust has learnt.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the sole importer of refined petroleum products was selling at the old landing cost of N158.33 as of Saturday but government officials and some marketers have confirmed to Daily Trust that a new fuel price band is imminent this week.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva had two weeks ago said Nigerians should prepare for fuel price increase as oil price climbed above $60 per barrel.
The rise in crude oil price has taken the landing cost of petrol in Nigeria above N180 per litre.
“Even though the organised labour is still adamant on their stance against fuel price hike, we have told paying for the differential is not sustainable… This week a new price band will likely come into effect”, an oil agency official said yesterday.
The source said the Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Company (NPMC), a marketing arm of the NNPC, would notify depot owners and marketers of the new price by Monday.
However, NNPC said there would not be fuel price increase any time soon in an earlier statement. NNPC spokesman, Dr. Kennie had Obateru explained that the decision was to allow ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded.
The Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations for Petroleum and Energy Security (CONCSOPES) has said the organised labour’s refusal to allow fuel price hike and its agitation for the rollback of oil sector’s deregulation will lead to the product scarcity.
CONCSOPES’ convener Timothy Ademola told newsmen in Abuja on Saturday said market forces should be allowed to determine fuel prices.

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has allayed apprehension among Nigerians who may be planning to hoard the Premium Motor Spirit.

The Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Yakubu
on Sunday spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as long fuel queues were noticed at filling stations in many states and Abuja.

It was observed that some filling stations are reluctant dispense the PMS they have in stock to motorists while some have run out of supply.

Yakubu said the price of crude oil has gone up and affected the price of products.

The spokesman assured that PMS would soon be available in excess as loading had already commenced at depots.

“The government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available in every filling station within a few days starting from today,” he said

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