VSF flags off reconciliations, peace projects for N’East communities
The Executive Director of Victims Support Fund (VSF), Prof. Sunday
Ochoche has flagged off a peace project in Damaturu to ensure a
‘secured and peaceful’ coexistence of 14.8 million Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East.
Addressing religious, traditional and community leaders on Thursday in
Damaturu at the Yobe State Arts and Cultural Centre (YOSAC), Prof.
Ochoche said the project was to rebuild and strengthen peace in Boko
Haram insurgency affected communities.
He said the peace building project; will fast track the resettlement
and rehabilitation processes of displaced persons in liberated
Prof. Ochoche said the fund had contributed to the rebuilding,
reconstruction and rehabilitation of displaced persons in the
northeast and committed towards restoring hope among them.
His words: “VSF has been actively involved in the peace building
process in the north east over the years and we will continue to do
that to achieve lasting peace.
“We have been dealing with economic, educational, health and security
components for the last two-three years. This peace building
initiatives; will definitely bring back the confidence lost in the
minds of the returning millions of displaced persons.”
The project, according to him, has already brought together
Stakeholders from religious and traditional institutions, politicians,
security men, workers, youths and the media.
He further disclosed that they are to promote and strengthen peace in
the insurgency affected communities of Yobe state and the northeast.
He said the stakeholders, are to work together to sustain the peace
and security achieved across the state for socioeconomic growth and
development of the people.
Ustaz Hudu Mohammed, an Islamic cleric who represented the Muslim
community said the peace building messages will be extended other
members across the state.
Pastor Martin Ikem, of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) also
assured Christians that they will be adequately mobilized and
sensitized on the need for an enduring peaceful coexistence among
various ethnic and religious groups.