The Bauchi state Governor, M.A Abubakar has harped on the need for teaching young people the importance of peace at a tender age, so as to act as Peace Agents.
The governor, who was represented by his Commissioner for Youth and Mobilization, Ghali Abdul Ahmed, stated this during a flag-off of a Workshop on Peace Building and Peace Education, organised by the state’s First Lady, Hadiza M.A Abubakar under her NGO, Bauchi Sustainable Women Economic Empowerment and Peace Initiative, B-SWEEP.
Mr Abubakar said such initiative is rear and laudable as it helps in creating awareness on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution among the Youth and Students in the state.
According to him, the initiative is capable of making youth realise their dreams and aspirations.
In her remark, the first lady said the peace initiatives and entrepreneurial development has been introduced to the educational scheme in order to tackle poverty and create a means of livelihood.
Mrs Abubakar recalled that her initiative, which was flagged-off in 2016 has continued to spread peace among young people especially students within the state.
The first lady added that the aim of creating these Peace Clubs is to create peaceful and harmonious academic platforms at various schools, where students of different backgrounds live interdependently in regards to the security challenges that are faced in the country.
“My most sincere hope is that the lessons and experiences derived from this programme will positively contribute to the consolidation of the aims of establishing the Bauchi Sustainable Women Economic empowerment and Peace initiative (B-SWEEP),” she said.
In his goodwill message, the Commissioner of Information, Haruna Dan-Wanka, highlighted the correlation between peace and schools.
He stressed the importance of teaching young people at a tender age, so as to act as Peace Agent.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that during the workshop a Peace Competition was organised in the area of Essay Writing, Poems and Spoken words for 10 Peace Clubs in 10 different schools in the state.
Three schools emerged as winners in First, Second and Third place: Command Day Secondary School, International Secondary School, Government Day Secondary Army Barrack School respectively.
While the rest were presented with consolation prices and Bauchi Sustainable Women Economic Empowerment and Peace Initiative (B-SWEEP) Peace Club signpost to be used in all the schools that participated in the competition.