Kano, Feb. 11, 2024 (NAN): The Community Initiative to Promote Peace (CIPP), in conjunction with Mercy Corps, organised a novelty football match on Sunday to promote peaceful coexistence among youths in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
The Acting Chief of Party for CIPP, Alhaji Sani Suleiman, said the essence of the programme was to bring young people together through sports to promote peaceful coexistence.
The novelty match, held in Kano, had the theme “Promoting peace and unity through sports.”
Suleiman said sports have the tendency to bring people together, irrespective of their differences.
He said youths from Gwagwarwa and Tudun Wada, under Nasarawa Local Government Area, came together to identify other issues that affected their communities, such as drug abuse, lack of education, and unemployment, among others.
“They can form networks and be advocates for the government and private sectors in order to address the issues properly.
“We are working with the Kano State House of Assembly on policy to enact a law that pertains to issues of drug abuse and social vices,” he said.
According to Suleiman, the groups worked with women’s associations that meditate, empower, and resolve issues in their communities to ensure that peaceful coexistence is sustained.
He urged youths to fight against drug abuse and other social vices in order to contribute to the development of their communities.
He urged the government to see youths as great assets in the state and nation; hence, invest in their education and support them to have a bright future.
An official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kano State Command, Haruna Kasim, advised youths to desist from drug abuse.
He cautioned that the use of drugs without a doctor’s prescription is an abuse.
On his part, Dagachin Gwagwarwa, Usman Aliyu, thanked Mercy Corps and CIPP for organising the programme, saying it would go a long way in moving every community forward.
NAN reports that Mercy Corps has established conflict mitigation centres in six states, including Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, and Plateau.
The project focuses on building the capacity of community stakeholders, including youths, women, and traditional leaders, through dialogue and societal cohesion for peace and development. (NAN)