- The growing violence across communities in Nigeria have become a great concern for all and sundry
- There have been pockets of violence in several states in the country with each presenting its own peculiarity
- That is why CLEEN Foundation is setting up mechanism that to help identify the early warning signs of violence and work towards ensuring it does not snowball into something bigger
A foundation has launched a mechanism to nip violence in various communities across Nigeria in the bud.
CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organisation on Tuesday, November 23, launched an Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) Project in Nigeria.
The project will focus on mitigating violence across 16 communities in four volatile states - Kaduna, Plateau, Zamfara and Taraba - in the northern region of the country.
Speaking during the establishment of the EWER stakeholders' forum and community safety partners in Kaduna, Ruth Olofin, the acting director of CLEEN Foundation said the project has been designed to contribute to ending violence in the country.
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The event was streamed online and monitored by Legit.ng virtually.
Addressing violence in the northern part of Nigeria
Olofin who was represented by Chigozirim Okoro, an assistant program manager with CLEEN, said the northern region of the country has recently seen an increase in the rate of violent conflicts with different underpinnings.
She said these growing incidents across the region calls for review of strategy of operation by duty bearers especially the government.
She said the violence across the north and Nigeria as a whole has raised several queries on human security in the country.
Factors contributing to violence in Nigeria
According to her, several of these incidents are being driven by the effects of climate change; ethnic, religious and cultural tensions; weak response by security agencies.
She said human security entails a comprehensive, people-orientated, context specific responses that can strengthen the protection and empowerment of all persons.
Killing of 322 police, 642 soldiers, indicate we are in very difficult circumstances, Northern Elders lament
"We have seen governments at different levels come up with several strategies and policies intended to address the multiple layers of insecurity in the country."
"It is against this backdrop that CLEEN Foundation has established EWER Stakeholders Forum and Community Safety Partners."
Olofin added that the workshop is also aimed at intimating stakeholders on the project goals, objectives and expected outcomes.
"We are convinced that a successful implementation of this project will help to mitigate violent conflicts in Kaduna state."
"We, therefore, solicit for the cooperation of everyone, including, traditional, religious youth, community and women leaders, formal and informal policing groups, the public, Kaduna Peace Commission and other relevant stakeholders in the State to contribute to the realization of the project objectives."
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