US  Spent  $15 Million On Six Northern States In Five Years 

The United States government on Tuesday, disclosed that  a substantial investment of $15 million has been spent on six northern states in Nigeria  to Promote Peace (CIPP) programme over the past five years.

In a statement released from the U.S. Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday, it was revealed that the CIPP programme has significantly impacted over 46,000 community members across six states, including Benue, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, and Plateau. 

The initiative focused on equipping individuals with essential skills such as dispute resolution, early warning response, reconciliation efforts, and the prevention of violent extremism.

According to the statement, the effectiveness of the CIPP programme in mitigating violent conflicts and engaging women and youth in peacebuilding processes has been evident.

 Melissa Jones, the USAID Mission Director, highlighted the importance of investing in peace, citing numerous successful conflict mediation cases that prevented further escalation.

“The CIPP activity has shown that a timely investment in peace can yield remarkable dividends. Individuals trained in conflict mediation skills across Nigeria’s Middle Belt helped resolve hundreds of disputes before they escalated further,” Jones stated.

As the programme transitions, USAID says it plans to ensure continuity and sustained progress in promoting peace and security in the region by transferring key community structures, such as Conflict Mitigation Regional Councils and Women Peace Councils, to the new Peace Action for Rapid and Transformative Nigerian Early Response activity.

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