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PCNI to train 1,000 religious, community leaders in reconciliation, peace building

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PCNI to train 1,000 religious, community leaders in reconciliation, peace building

The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) says it will train over 1,000 religious and community leaders in transitional justice and peace building strategies in the North East.

The Vice-Chairman of PCNI, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsa, told newsmen on Friday that the committee had organised a capacity-building training for 170 judges, community and religious leaders in Maiduguri.

Tumsa said that in all, more than 1, 000 judges, community and religious leaders would be trained in the region under the peace building and transitional justice scheme of the committee.

He said that the exercise was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the beneficiaries in efforts to promote peace building and encourage resilience as well as social cohesion.

He stressed that the training was imperative as it would fast-track the restoration of peace and peaceful coexistence in the resettled communities.

Tumsa, however, underscored the need for aggrieved parties to bury their pains and losses, saying, however, that there should be a collective resolve to pursue accountability and justice for all.

“The committee has designed a robust programme aimed at rebuilding social cohesion, in partnership with key institutions. The overall objective is to strengthen peace building processes, leading to resilience and social cohesion within the context of justice and reconciliation.

“We are working with partners to develop tools to promote the growth of peace building culture through formal and informal arbitration mechanisms.

“In addition, a transitional justice framework will be evolved to stimulate dialogue for peace and reconciliation.

“This is critical, given the ongoing return and resettlement of displaced persons in their communities with grievances that need to be addressed alongside lingering humanitarian needs.’’

Tumsa called on community and religious leaders to strive to promote peace and justice so as to stimulate harmonious coexistence in the war-torn region. (NAN)

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