The Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State, in conjunction with the military task force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), organized a peace walk on Saturday in an effort to promote peace in the state
The primary goal of the walk was to raise awareness about drug abuse and its consequences, particularly among youth, which has become a significant factor inciting violence in the state.
Chairman of the Chapel, Mr Polycarp Auta, expressing the threefold purposes of the event stated, “We aim firstly, to applaud the state government and security agencies, particularly OPSH, for their ongoing endeavors to foster lasting peace.
Secondly, to correct the misconception that Plateau state is not peaceful, and thirdly, to promote health as a form of recreation, because indeed, health is wealth”. Auta added, “This is our humble effort as journalists to root for peaceful coexistence in the state.
” This demonstration extends beyond our journalistic duties, and serves as a personal commitment towards a peaceful Plateau. We take this chance to advise our youth against consuming illegal substances.”
Mr Kenneth Dakop, Team Lead of Strategic Communication, Plateau Peace Building Agency, stated that this peace walk was a significant step against the prevailing drug abuse issue.
He gave assurance of the PPBA’s relentless commitment towards ensuring peace, working with other relevant stakeholders including media, religious and traditional organizations, and security agencies to exterminate antisocial elements.
Mr. Pam Musa, the Vice Chairman of the NUJ, commended the Correspondents’ Chapel for the initiative and appealed to other organizations to follow suit.
The peace walk held on Saturday, took participants through various locations within Jos metropolis.