The European Union, EU, said it has budgeted €4.5million for the second phase of its peace building and conflict prevention project in Plateau and Kaduna States.
Head of Political Governance section at the EU delegation, Allan Munday, said at the formal launching of the project that the second phase is expected to last for 18 months.
Munday said the project was financed with the EU’s instrument of contributing to stability and peace and implemented by Apurimac Onlus, GIZ and Search for Common Ground, adding that it was specifically designed to offer more results during crisis and urgent needs.
He said the project has contributed to peace and conflict prevention in Plateau State with special focus on Jos and its immediate surroundings, as well as strengthening the mechanisms of conflict resolution. “The second phase will target additional local government areas including one in neighbouring Kaduna State namely Kaura LGA bordering Riyom in Plateau State in order to address the cross border conflict between farmers and herdsmen.
“The EU alongside our international implementers, GIZ, Search For Common Ground and Apurimac Onlus considered that there was sufficient success in the first phase which necessitated the commencement of the second leg of the project. No project is an end in itself, to be sustainable it has to be embraced by its beneficiaries and stakeholders.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council, Bulus Doro, lamented the high level of insecurity in the area, stressing that the number of illegal weapons is alarming.
He also expressed worry over the high level of insecurity in the country and called on government at all levels to find drastic solutions to it.

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