The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative says it is partnering key institutions to promote peace and restore normalcy in the region.

Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, PCNI Vice Chairman, said this on Thursday in Damaturu at a Peace Building and Transitional Justice Workshop, organised for lower court judges, traditional rulers and religious leaders in Yobe.

He said that the committee would use the collaboration to rebuild social cohesion and ensure equity and justice to forestall lingering grievances from recycling conflicts.

Tumsah, who was represented by Malam Musa Damagum, PCNI Coordinator in the state, said the objective of the training was to strengthen peace building processes to enhance resilience and social cohesion to promote justice and reconciliation.

He said the partnership would “develop tools to promote the culture of peace building through formal and informal arbitration mechanisms’’.

He said: “In addition, PCNI and its partners are working to develop a transitional justice framework to form dialogue for peace and reconciliation given the ongoing return and resettlement of displaced persons with grievances that need to be addressed.”

The vice chairman said PCNI would continue to advocate for upholding the rule of law and support dialogue, mediation and reconciliation.

Tumsah urged traditional and opinion leaders to pay serious attention to the entry and exit of strangers in their communities and provide early warning for early response to all threats in their localities.

He advised the participants to make good use of knowledge acquired to enhance peace building, dispute resolution and justice.

Justice Garba Nabaruma, the state Chief Judge, described the training as timely, saying it will enhance rule of law to promote peace building in the communities.

He assured of the commitment of the judiciary to more partnerships with PCNI, government organisations and non-governmental organisations in upholding rule of law and promoting justice.

Alhaji Shehu Hashimi Ibn El-kanemi, the Emir of Damaturu, commended PCNI for the continuous intervention in providing humanitarian needs to displaced persons and capacity building to promote peace and reconciliation in the state.

The traditional ruler assured that the knowledge and skills acquired would be effectively used to promote the process of peace and reconciliation in resettlement of the communities.

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