Segun Awofadeji

As part of efforts to complement the work of the security agencies in surmounting the endemic insurgency and other security challenges posed by the Boko Haram’s terrorists in the north, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) known as ‘Interfaith Mediation Centre’ (IMC) has trained the residents of Maiduguri, Borno state capital to be community peace observers under its ‘TOLERANCE Project’.
The training which took place Wednesday in Bauchi was attended by 30 participants randomly selected from the Boko Haram’s prone areas of Maiduguri that includes; Limanti, Shehuri, Gwange, Gamboru and Custom community.
Declaring the workshop open, the program manager, TOLERANCE project of the Interfaith Mediation Centre Mr Seth Karamage explained that the trainees would be taught on how to detect crises or attacks, mediate, alert residents as well as communicate with security operatives and other stake holders so that they might be averted.
He promised that the centre would establish permanent structures called ‘Community Peace Network’ (CPAN) with at least six of the trained peace observers in each community across Maiduguri with a view to assisting in the  restoration of peace in the embattled state.
Karamage added that the project which would last for five years also targets Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kano and Plateau states and therefore tasked the trainees to respect issues of confidentiality in order to achieve their goal.