From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The European Union (EU) has sponsored the setting up of a Peace and Mediation Centre in Ogu, a Niger Delta community in Ogu/bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State. The centre, according to its sponsors will help to re-integrate ex-militants.
Ogu, is one of the conflict-prone communities in the Niger Delta and has suffered violent and intra communal conflicts in the past.
Speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, Mike Gbarabe, the spokesman of Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) a non -governmental organization that facilitated the project said EU is interested in building peace in Niger Delta.
Gbarabe noted that the centre was part of the solidarity event of EU project in Niger Delta communities called “Tomorrow is A New Day” “The project is being implemented in some trend setting communities in Rivers State by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in conjunction with CEHRD.
“It was conceived as part of the efforts of the organizations not only to ensure sustainable peace but also to re-integrate ex-militants in the area. The mediation centre is equipped with seven sets of computer, a 6kve generating set, a printer, a photocopier and other gadgets,” he said.
He said Community members have been trained on how to operate the gadgets for resolving issues of conflicts in the community.
“It has also been noted that many community members have under gone trainings on conflict transformation techniques organized by the NGOs with support from the European Union.
“With Some community members describing the project as a welcomed development, we want this community to be a centre of peace that would be attractive to other communities,” he said.