‘Youth Em­pow­er­ment, Ed­u­ca­tion To End Ethno-re­li­gious Crises’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Njad­vara Musa, Maiduguri

THE Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of In­sti­tute for Peace and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion (IPCR), Prof. Oshita Oshita, has said mas­sive ed­u­ca­tion of youths and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment could end ethno-re­li­gious crises that have claimed many lives and prop­erty in the coun­try.

Oshita made this declara- tion at the week­end in Maiduguri at a Com­mu­nity Peace-build­ing Aware­ness/sen­si­ti­sa­tion work­shop.

He said re­search has in­di­cated that most of the crises are rooted in il­lit­er­acy and un­em­ploy­ment among the teem­ing youths.

Ex­plain­ing that ed­u­ca­tion of youths and job cre­ation would ac­cel­er­ate peace­build­ing process among peo- ple trau­ma­tised by the vi­o­lence, he said:

“The process of re­solv­ing con­flict in the past through al­ter­na­tive dis­pute res­o­lu­tion, us­ing the power of tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tions no longer works be­cause of en­demic poverty among the peo­ple, lack of em­ploy­ment and il­lit­er­acy.”

Oshita who was rep­re­sented by the in­sti­tute’s Head of Com­mu­nity Re­build­ing and Cop­ing Strate­gies, Chuk­wue­meka Mbah, said the process of re­solv­ing con­flict in the past was no longer work­ing be­cause tra­di­tional rulers no longer wield the kind of power they had in the past.

Ac­cord­ing to him, con­fi­dence in tra­di­tional rulers has been eroded due to such struc­tural is­sues as un­em­ploy­ment, il­lit­er­acy and poverty.

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