“Soft approaches to end conflict challenges” targets 5 states for campaign, says Positive Voices

A non-governmental organization, known as Positive Voices Campaign Project, PVCP, has commenced peace awareness creation through the mass media in five states in northeast and northwest states of Nigeria.

The PVCP is targeted at Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and Yobe states, respectively, for the approach as advocated by UN and EU.

Briefing newsmen in Kaduna, the project director, Mrs Furera Jumare, said the Micro Development Consulting Limited, MDCL, recognized gap in the effective use of ‘soft’ approach mechanism in Nigeria, and want to use it to contribute to countering violent extremism at the expense of the youths and implementation of the already existing hard approach.

She said they noted that the security situation in the country is becoming more fragile; conflicts are becoming by radical groups, including Boko Haram.

“MDCL will run an 18 months’ pilot project, entitled ‘PVCP in 5 states of the federation,’ ” she said.

According to her, “the goal of the project is to use Positive Voice to increase resilience of youths to extremists’ narratives.”

The Project Voice, according to the body, would be selected based on ‘predetermined criteria’ from various vocations from at least 3 local governments in each of the 5 target states, where they will be trained in project management, strategized for working with young people and others, to be able to communicate in conflict management and ethics.


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