Plateau community asks NGOs to fulfill promises

 Youths have been attacked and killed at  the state market and shopping complex.

The community leader of Dogonkerfe in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Mohammed Lawal, has challenged Non Governmental Organisations, NGOs, who engage in peace-building activities in the state to fulfill the promises made to communities in the area.

Mr. Lawal was speaking Friday in Jos, during an advocacy visit funded by the European Union and undertaken by Apurimac Onlus, an NGO charged with the responsibility of training peace advocates in the state.

According to the community leader, some of the NGOs had made promises to assist his people following series of unrest in the area but have failed to live up to those promises. He appealed to Apurimac and its associates to assist the community in the area of skill acquisition training to enable especially the youth to become self reliant and contribute their quota to the development of the society.

The country director of Apurimac, Godwin Okoko, in response, told Mr. Lawal and others present during the visit that the organisation has already commenced free vocational training. He asked that the young people in the community be encouraged to register for the programme.

Mr. Okoko later told journalists that Apurimac and its partners in the EU funded program have already visited 20 communities in four council areas identified as the most prone to insecurity.

Another leader in the community, Mariam Usman and a representative of the youth, Ibrahim Musa, however, claimed that the Dongonkerfe Muslim community was not allowed free access to government established facilities including market places.

Ms. Usman and Mr. Musa, speaking separately, told the gathering that some youth were recently attacked and killed at the Abattoir market and at the shopping complex constructed by the Jos South LGA, adding that the attackers are still at large.

Ms Usman said that one Salisu Ali who was a trader at the abattoir market has been missing for over two months now. She added that at the time of his disappearance, the case was reported to the police who have still not taken any action on it.

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