The Director General of the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, Joseph Lengmang has called on the United Nations Development Program to consider training youths in Plateau state on best ways to work with security agencies to improve on the protection of lives and property.

Lengmang made the request to the UNDP when he attended as guest the ongoing training of 451 young men and women who are members of the Civilian JTF and vigilante Group of Nigeria VGN by the UNDP and the citizenship and Leadership training center Sherre Hills in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau state.

State is also facing security challenges with resurgence of attacks on selected communities despite deliberate efforts  by Government to ensure peace and protection of Libes and property of citizens.

He told the UNDP that plateau has an able,capable and  committed youth population who are determined to contribute meaningfully to the peace process by supporting all existing peace and security structures on the ground.

According to Lengmang, issues of security at this point cannot be left in the hands of the Security agencies alone as such the UNDP can consider a separate training on peace and security to youths in the state so that it can compliment efforts of the security agents on the ground stressing that information gathering and appropriate dissemination can play a strategic role in the Security sphere

He then welcomed the trainees on behalf of the Government and good people of Plateau state assuring that the existence such a training center in the state is a blessing to the state and country

Earlier,State coordinator of the Citizenship and Leadership Training Center Sherre Hills, Abdulmumuni Maimako thanked the Plateau State Government for its hospitality and said the 451 selected Civilian JTF and VGN members were drawn from the 3 Northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe and being trained by the UNDP on how best to collaborate with security agencies for effectiveness in their communities.