The Plateau Peace Building Agency is currently training its staff and partners on conflict mediation and dialogue.

The training holding in Jos, the capital of Plateau State comes four days before Nigeria's General elections slated for February 16, 2019.

The Agency had two weeks ago held a similar forum for civil society groups, security agencies and representatives of communities in Jos North Local Government Area, one of the perceived conflict flashpoints in the State.

facilitator giving a lecture at the PPBA staff training
Its aim was to minimize the potential for violent conflicts during the coming polls in the country.
According to official communications, the latest training aims to build the capacity of the agency's workers for effective conflict prevention.

It also aims to build capacity of staff to design, facilitate, monitor and evaluate dialogue and mediation processes with a view to 'systematically' engage conflict towards minimizing the potential for violence.

During the workshop which will last till Wednesday, participants are also expected to learn the basic knowledge and tools of conflict analysis, early warning signs and response to enable the agency attain its goals.

"The crux of the work of conflict prevention and peace building is detection of early warning signs and response," Director General of PPBA said at the opening of the session on Monday.

PPBA was created in 2016 by the present Government of Plateau State to facilitate conflict resolution and peace building after decades of violent clashes in parts of the State between different sociocultural groups.

The Agency is responsible for the gradual return of peace in the State, keynote speaker at the staff workshop, Mr. Dan Manjang said.

Mr. Manjang, the Plateau State Commissioner of Science and Technology said "the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state would not have been possi
ble without the significant role of the Agency."

participants at the PPBA staff workshop
He lauded the support of the United Kingdom's Department for Development, DFID.

The Head of a State neighborhood watch agency, Col. Ibrahim Danbaba (rtd) and Mr. Kurnap Dul who represented the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) equally lauded the PPBA's peace building efforts, as well as the DFID for supporting the agency.