The Project Manager of Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Boniface Anthony said the establishment of peace clubs in Plateau state was aimed at inculcating healthy co-existence among students. Anthony said that the initiative began in 2012, and the organisation has established clubs in 17 local government areas of the state. He was optimistic that each of the 17 local government areas would have not less than seven clubs by 2020, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported. He said many youths had shown interest in the clubs because some of them had been victims of the Plateau violence over the years, adding that more peace clubs were being established, especially in the rural areas, and expressed optimism that each of the 17 local governments would have at least seven clubs by 2020. Anthony explained that the clubs were not restricted to schools, saying that groups of children in communities could come up with such ideas and be supported by the NGO.
“The module used in setting up the clubs covers conflict, alternative to violence and gender violence,” he explained.
He added that the idea was modeled after similar peace groups in Zambia. The manager urged parents to allow their wards to participate in the activities of the clubs so as to foster peace, love and togetherness towards building a stable society.