Kaduna – A non-governmental organisation, Strategic Empowerment and Mediation Agency (SEMA), said it had so far trained 260 youths on peace and democracy in the 23 local government area of the state.
The Executive Director of SEMA, Mr Samie Ihejirika, said this in an Interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Ihejirika said that in each of the local government areas, 22 people, including youths and stakeholders, were trained on capacity building on peace and democracy.
He said that participants trained were called “Senatorial Vanguards for Peace and Democracy’’.
“We assist them with little grants to go for advocacy visit and engaging different stakeholders who can contribute in building peace and development,’’ he said.
According to him, SEMA also organises town hall meetings with youths, district heads and traditional rulers to discuss issues bordering on communities.
He added that the organisation engaged participants in brainstorming sessions on how to entrench the concept of doing the right thing in the communities to bring about development.
He expressed optimism that the effort would enable the people to know their rights and hold people in leadership position accountable for their actions.
According to him, the action of SEMA will enhance more inclusive participation of the people in politics and government.
He said the organisation also engaged some selected youths from the three senatorial districts whom it trained to become trainers for other youths on value and principle of democracy.
Ihejirika said that since democracy began from the home, there was the need to “inculcate those values in our youths’’.
“If we don’t have quality of democracy at home, we cannot practice democracy in public’’. (NAN)