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SDN launch project to encourage peace amid general election run-up

– Okonta Emeka

Stakeholder Democracy Network has committed itself to strengthening communal peace in three states of the Niger Delta State, South South, Nigeria. The NGO is implementing peace building projects which targets reducing youth involvement in violent activity.

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the NGO is committed to use their project to encourage peace during the election period.

“The NGO’S pilot project “Dawn In The Creek” has components designed to empower communities, build and maintain lasting peace building initiatives.”

The project has an all encompassing components, which include a project kickoff ceremony, community sensitization sessions, community Town Hall meeting, peace building, inter-community football tournament & leadership training workshops.

On the 15th of December, SDN’s partner in the Delta State, LITE-AFRICA, a Warri based Non Government Organization implementing the project at Umuezei and Umuagu communities, distributed football kits to two communities in Oshimili South LGA at Asaba.

 

 

By 3pm on the following day, Umuezei and Umuagu communities played the SDN-LITE Africa Peace Football Tournament at Onne Primary School in Asaba.

Ogbueshi Okolie and Ogbueshi Okonkwo, Umuezei elders, in their votes of thanks, appreciated the opportunity of demonstrating their skills that Stakeholders Democratic Network and LITE-Africa gave to Asaba’s youth. The four months program, which was implemented in both Uvwei and Oshimili South Local Government Areas, was domiciled in four communities of Delta State.

“The trainings of the past months at our community level has taught us better, non-violent means of conflict management”

Sunday Nwabuzor, the captain of the Umuezei Community Youth Football Team, observed that the project has enabled the community’s youth to build stronger peaceful relations and helped them to master better peace building skills. “The trainings of the past months at our community level has taught us better, non-violent means of conflict management”, said Nwabuzor.

To find out more about SDN, visit their website here.

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