The need for Child Safeguarding and Protection, Gender Reconciliation and Domestic tranquility has been highlighted as a means of ensuring peaceful communities. This position was harped by the Sharing Education and Learning for Life (SELL) foundation during the advocacy visits to strategic partners/stakeholders in Adamawa state, North East of Nigeria.
Some of the stakeholders visited included Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Baba Paris, the District head of Jimeta, Mr.Philemon Godi the Mayor (Wakilis) of Numan Kingdom, Rev.Fr. Maurice Kwaranga JDPC Coordinator of the Catholic diocese of Yola and Mr. Dan Mailambu, Programme coordinator, Menonite Central Committee (MCC) Adamawa state. Other stakeholders include; leadership of Youth wing Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), National Council of Muslim Youths (NACOMYO), Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF), among others.
Highlights of the visit are the unanimous decision of the stakeholders to join hands with SELL foundation in creating enabling environment for the protection and safeguarding of children in the state. They all promised to form a synergy to serve as a necessary pressure group that will impressed on the Adamawa state House of Assembly to expedite the passage of the Child’s Right Act into law in the state.
Similarly, the stakeholders called for religious tolerance among various religions and tribes in Adamawa State and Nigeria at large, regretting that most of the religious tension in the community was brought by stereotyping and discrimination against certain tribes and religions which raises mutual suspicions. They urged SELL Foundation Nigeria and other organizations involved in humanitarian work and peace building to involve both Muslim and Christian youths in peace building activities.
The Advocacy to stakeholders and partners in Yola began from 28th September to 2nd October, 2019. The advocacy aimed at establishing working relationships with partners and to prepare the grounds and select strategic participants for the forthcoming trainings on Child Safeguarding and Protection, Gender Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution later in theyear.The advocacy visits in Yola climaxed with interactions with the internal displaced persons (IDPs) in St Theresa on the challenges they encounter, with the aim of designing programmes that will help ameliorate their plights.
Written by Emily Ranna Yinala
SELL communications officer