Nigeria2015: Dutch Ambassador urges peaceful polls


Netherlands invested N48 million in peace studies at University of Jos

The Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria, John Groffen, has asked Nigerians to be peaceful during the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Groffen made the appeal, Thursday, at the University of Jos, Plateau State, during a visit to get briefing on a N48 million grant offered the Centre of Conflict Management and Peace Studies in 2007 by the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Addressing the management staff of the institution, Mr. Groffen commended the University for its prudence in the utilisation of the money and urged it to ensure that the current peace in the state was sustained.

Mr. Groffen revealed that what motivated his country to assist the institution in peace building was the neglect of the region in the wake of the violence.

Briefing the ambassador, the director of the Center, Nanvem Gambo, said the center had, during the period, held series of workshops and peace talks with violence-prone communities.

He revealed that traditional rulers, opinion leaders as well as other partners were involved in the peace advocacy visits to the communities.

He explained that the grant had assisted the University in achieving positive results in reuniting warring factions and communities which, in the past, were considered “no go areas.”

“It shows clearly that the intervention by the Netherlands grant has assisted in returning peace in Jos,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Hayward Nafuyai, in his remarks, thanked the Dutch embassy for the grant. He noted that Netherlands was a major stakeholder in peace studies at the University.


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