World Peace Day: Commission Tasks Kaduna People on Peaceful Co-existence

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

The Executive Chairman of Kaduna Peace Commission (KAPECOM), Ms Priscilla Ankut, has tasked Nigerians, especially Kaduna people to step up efforts aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence among themselves.

Ms Ankut, in a message to commemorate the UN World Peace Day, which comes up September 21, 2019, Signed by her Communication Consultant, Mr.Andrew Fadason, said peacemaking and conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution had become necessary in view of present realities in the country.

She explained that, “in Kaduna State a lot had been achieved and there has been Sustained relative peace, adding that the Kaduna State government had taken the lead in this process.”

According to her, “the modest achievements recorded so far was as a result of collaboration between KAPECOM and major stakeholders including Community Based Organisations (CBOS) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as development partners including National Democratic Institute (NDI), USAID, Dfid, McArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, among others.

While praising the governor for his support, Ms Priscilla enjoined the people of Kaduna State to continue to work hard to sustain the peace being currently enjoyed KAPECOM has collaborated with CBOs and NGOs in peacemaking efforts as well as capacity building of peace ambassadors, volunteers and traditional rulers among others.

The International Day of Peace organized by the UN is observed around the World on 21st September and is devoted to strengthening the ideals of
peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The United Nations member states adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and
social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.

Amongst them is Sustainable Development Goal 13 “Climate Action” which is a call for immediate action by all to lower greenhouse emissions, build
resilience and improve education on climate change.

This year’s theme is “Climate Action for Peace” and draws attention to the
importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote
peace throughout the world.

“In Kaduna State, KAPECOM and several CB0s and NGOs are making the day with matches, visits to internally displaced persons, and lectures.” She added.

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