BY ANDREW AJIJAH, JOS
The 2023 International Peace Day, have been described by a peace advocate, and founder of Samuel Kumkur Foundation (SKF) for Justice and Peace Development, as an avenue to reunite citizens of Nigeria to live in harmony.
Samuel Kumkur Foundation is an NGO established since 2003 to chat a way forward for peaceful coexistence.
Founder of the SK Foundation Barr Samuel Kwamkur, stated the need for people irrespective of any form of difference to advocate peace and practice it.
Barr Kumkur explained that Themed;” Actions for Peace; our Ambition for the Global Goals” is meant to spur Peace community, youth, critical stakeholders and indeed all peace lovers to take actions that will promote mutual respect,compassion and values for one another.” Kwamkur revealed.
He said the Foundation has a blueprint for advocacy speaking out on issues that affect humanity and well being.
He also noted that the foundation pariotises educational development, being undertaking, to educate young and talented Nigerians who ordinarily cannot afford education due to poverty.
Founder SK Foundation stressed that the Justice and Peace Development empowered citizens through skills acquisition.
Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State spoke at the event through the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State Arc Samuel Nanchang Jatau.
He said the programme is apt, and urged all to embrace peace.
Chairman of the occasion, the Director General Industrial Training Fund (ITF) said all citizens need and desire peace, because without peace there can not be meaningful development.
Sir Joseph Ari was represented at the event by Director Technical and Vocational Skills training department of the (ITF) Abimbola Olasupo James, said lack of peace bring about poverty in the land, because there would be low capacity for production.
The DG (ITF) said religion should not be the reason for division, rather it should unite people irrespective of religious differences.
There was a paper presentation by Prof Shedrack Best, from the University of Jos; Tittle “the Misrepresentation of Religion and Ethnicity as obstacle for achieving peace in Nigeria.”
Representative of the Sultan of Sokoto, the Galadima Kanam, Alh Mudtapha Umar. The immediate passed Deputy Speaker Federal House of Representatives, National Assembly Abuja Rt Hon Idris Wase, represented by John Dafan former chief of staff Government house. All sued for peace.
Heads of security operatives based in Jos were also present.