The grant is N13 million, not N1bn; and is to Apurimac.
The project director of Apurimac Onlus- a non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization- Godwin Okoko, on Friday made clarifications on the European Union (EU) grant made to assist in the Plateau crisis.
Mr. Okoko corrected previous reports that the grant was meant for Plateau Peace Practitioners Network, PPPN.
“The grant was not offered to Plateau Peace Practicitioner Network PPPN, but to Apurimac as an NGO working in the area of ensuring the return of peace in Plateau state. Also, as the direct beneficiary of the grant, Apurimac doubles as the project coordinator for the training of peace advocates.”
He also added, “The total sum that EU will be giving for the project is 64, 504 Euros (about N13 million) with a counterpart-funding from Apurimac to support the project.”
He stressed that the sum was not N1 billion as earlier reported and that it was not offered to PPPN as a body.
Explaining on how the fund would be utilized, Mr. Okoko said, “The expected grant is meant to mitigate the conflict situation in Plateau State. The European Union is funding an 18-month peace-building project aimed at enhancing the capacity of civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the areas of trauma, healing, peace-building, mediation skills, early warning/early response, human rights and good governance.”
He added that the project is also aimed at carrying out activities that will promote and encourage community dialogue and cohesion.”
At the official launch of the project on Thursday in Jos, under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, the representative of the EU at the launch, Modupe Omopintemi, assured the gathering that the EU was concerned about the crisis in Plateau State and is ready to support all stakeholders so as to bring an end to it and ensure good relationship among the people.
She said the EU hopes that the grant will help facilitate training of peace advocates and bridge builders who will in-turn ensure peaceful coexistence in the state.
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