Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
As part of efforts to ensure that peace prevails in the north east region, a media firm ‘Sunnah Global Media, the proprietors of Sunnah Television in partnership with the North East Development Commission (NEDC) have trained religious leaders, traditional rulers and 35 youth and women groups in Bauchi state on dispute resolution and conflict management.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the three days workshop on Thursday at Chartwell hotel Bauchi, the representative of the North East Development Commission, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammed Bashir lauded the media house for organising the training saying it is timely.
He promised that the commission is ever ready to fund any organization willing to execute a project that could promote peace in the region.
“The theme of the workshop which is alternative dispute resolution and conflict management for religious and community leaders in the north east is very relevant. I urge the participants to pay attention to what they would be taught and train others.
Also speaking, the Director General of the media, Dr Ibrahim Disina said the media house is on nine satellites including Star Times, DSTV, GO TV etc adding that it always preaches peace in its daily programs.
According to him, both muslims and christians clerics were invited to participate in the training noting that some of the issues to be discussed include bad ideologies that led to terrorism, human rights, family conflicts etc with a view to preventing the citizens from indulging in things that would cause chaos in the society in future.
He added that the religious, community leaders and other attendants would be trained so that they can step it down to others.
“After Bauchi, we will move to Gombe state for the same program. It is aimed at training them on how to prevent and manage conflicts”. He stated.
In his remarks, the Bauchi state commissioner of police Lawal Jimeta represented by a Deputy Commissioner of Police Muhammad Yakubu said the police will do their best to ensure peace prevails in the region.
The police boss said the command has initiated community policing in the state to sustain peace and asked the general public to continue to cooperate with security agents in order to address criminality. END