Global Peace Development mobilized 764 youths (465 males, 299 females) for this activity which held simultaneously in the 12 project target communities across 6 LGAs. In Lafia, the walk started from Total Filling Station, where participants converged, to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly where the Executive Director of Global Peace Development, Mr. Ebruke Esike, presented his speech under press coverage to the representatives of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly.
The Project Officer, Joy Tsaku (Left), and the Executive Director of Global Peace development, Ebruke Esike (Right) during the activity in Lafia
The Executive Director of Global Peace Development, Mr. Ebruke Esike’s Presentation to the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly:
Mr. Ebruke Esike in his speech emphasized that the consortium of ActionAid Nigeria, Global Peace Development, and Beacon Youths Initiative envisions a Nasarawa State where peace, security, development, women, and youth engagement is constructive and inclusive. He posited that the SARVE II Project is in furtherance of the above vision, and that under the SARVE II Project 750 youths have been trained and provided start-up kits to commence income generating activities of their choice which will reduce their vulnerabilities to be recruited into violent extremist groups. Similarly, through the project, community agencies that support/lead early warning and early response mechanisms in collaboration with state security agencies have been established and strengthened across 6 target LGAs in the State. Also, the State Action Plan was signed by the Executive Governor of the State, Engr Abdullahi Sule in August 2020 in line with the UNSCR 1325. He also mentioned the completion of the 2021 Nasarawa State Youth Peace Camp which mobilized 500 youths from 12 communities in the target LGAs to Doma for 7days and trained them with life skills, as well as served as a platform for peaceful engagement and safe space for relationship building and cultural acceptance amongst the diverse tribes and ethnicities represented during the camp. Further speaking, he commended the Nasarawa State Government for the passage of the VAPP law under this project and also pleaded for the quick passage of the Nasarawa state Youth Development Commission Bill into law, which is now in second reading. Which he said will increase livelihood opportunities for youths in the state and reduce their involvement in violent crimes across the state. He stressed that the Youth Development Commission Bill which will arm youths with the requisite education, skills and support for self-determination will further assist the State Ministry of Youths and Sports Development in arresting and tackling problems faced by youths, and expedite human and capital development in the State.