The Oasis Reporters
May 18, 2018
By Moses Gbande
The United Nations’ Partners in the implementation of Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria, under the Coordinating unit, called UN Women, says it has recorded tremendous breakthrough in harnessing it’s set goals.
The UN Women Project Partners made up of Peace Building Agency, Search for Common Ground, Lead Women Mentors, Women, Peace and Security – Nigeria, CWEENS, CEPANS and the Plateau State Ministry Government Affairs and Social Development made this revelation known, Thursday during a Media interactive session with Security Agencies.
Holding at Crispang Luxury Apartment, Ray Field Zarmaganda Road in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, the Coordinating partners, Sewuese Surma, the General Technical Adviser of UN Women Project and Mrs. Niri Goyit, State Project Coordinator, Women, Peace and Security – Nigeria, and Search for Common Ground (End Violent Conflict) said the synergy has been very remarkable.
According to them, during their engagements with stakeholders like government officials and traditional rulers on the need to involve women in decision making and peace processes, positive
responses has been received from traditional institutions.
They said the decision to engage in the drive is in recognition of its critical role in taking the message to all nooks and crannies of the society, just as they said they have succeeded in sponsoring TV, and radio programmes, training Gender and Conflict sensitive reportage for the Electronic Media Journalists,
Airing of 3 short films and jingles on promoting women’s engagement in peace and security.
Mrs. Niri Goyit, State Project Coordinator, Women, Peace and Security – Nigeria, and Search for Common Ground (End Violent Conflict) says they are fully in support of UN Women partners in Plateau State to actualize its dreams.
Earlier, the convener and Plateau State coordinator, Media Network, of the National Association of Peace Gender or Actions in Media, Wika Gofwen said the meeting was a forum for an avenue for media to interact with heads of security agencies on how to help implement workable plans of achieving peace in Plateau and the country at large.
He said the media network that has 31 membership comprising of NUJ and NAWOJ members has since had opportunities to engage heads of Media organizations with interesting discussions held as outcome
He said in the series of programme which security has taken its stage is to seek for synergy and partnership in promoting women affairs in the promotion of peace and security and to a large extent provide a way forward to areas that would enhance smooth working relationship in the line of duty.
At the end of the deliberations, the need for security agencies , CSOs and the Media to strengthen ties towards getting their activities publicised was stressed, even as the Media were encouraged to down play issues of commercialization and should dwell an promoting contents that have direct bearing on wellbeing of the society.
The security agencies were also asked to be open to Journalists whenever they are contacted to clarify certain information, as well as understand with each other.
Declaring the session open, the State Commissioner of information, Yakubu Dati Commended the organizers for packaging such a laudable programme, saying it is timely considering the time the Rescue Government of Gov. Lalong is hell bend in trying to see that the Plateau enjoys a relative peace.