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How to achieve peace on the Plateau –TEKAN Peace Desk

As a means bringing about peace in Plateau State, a conglomeration of churches in Nigeria under the umbrella of TEKAN Peace Desk has identified and empowered Christian, Muslim youths and women who suffered violent attacks with requisite skills for economic sustainability in Plateau State.

 

The 19 beneficiaries, who are Christians and Muslims, were trained in tailoring, make-up artist, barbing and electrical welding in an effort to reduce the high rate of unemployment ravaging Nigeria.

 

The Coordinator of TEKAN Peace Desk, Mrs. Helen Haggai speaking during the graduation ceremony in Jos, said what prompted them to key into the initiative was as a result of the decades of violence on the Plateau.

 

She said: ‘Plateau State has been in crisis for over 20 years, and there are a lot of talks and dialogue within those at the helm of affairs either as religious leaders or political leaders.

 

‘So we brought this approach, bringing the indigenes together the women and the young people, bringing them from the two divides(Christians and Muslims) together in order to build their trust on each other and because they are poor and give them means of livelihood.’

 

The TEKAN Peace Desk Coordinator said the intervention was also to reduce the high rate of unemployment among vulnerable youths who have become crisis tools in the state, to have sources of livelihood.

 

“We have found out that the poorest of the poor bear the brunt of all of those crises, and most times the young people are being used as foot soldiers to foment crises.

 

And so we felt that there was a need for us to build bridges, because we have seen that there was so much mistrust amongst Christians and Muslims here on the Plateau.

 

And so we felt that there was a need for us to build a bridge of trust across the two divides. Haggai said the TEKAN Peace Desk had after assessment from different communities, selected youths both Christian and Muslim to equip them with skill acquisition for them to become self employed. She also revealed that in no distant time,

 

TEKAN Peace Desk will meet with Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency (PLASMIDA) and Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA), to strategize for better partnership so that their impact may well be felt

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