The Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has called for increased sensitisation and awareness to communities in order to reduce incidences of violence, thuggery in the forthcoming governorship election slated for November 16th in Kogi state.
Chairman, Board of Directors of the organisation Dr Mohammed Usman who made the call at a press conference held on Thursday in Lokoja, said that the violent disruption of the PDP primary by gunmen conducted last week Tuesday was a clear demonstration of the fact that the coast was not yet clear for a peaceful conduct of the general election.
He urged all stakeholders including politicians, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Security Agencies Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the electorate to work together towards achieving a free, fair and peaceful election.
He said that the organisation in partnership with women and youth groups, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) government at local, state and national levels, has been working to address the underlying causes of poverty in marginalised and derelict communities.
“Our values at PIBCID which determine our interventions with the people and communities are integrity, transparency, accountability, equity, Justice, fairness and team spirit.
“These have greatly influenced our focus on Women’s rights, Good Governance, Education, Food and Agriculture, Human Security in Conflict emergencies and Health”, he said.
Continuing, he said, “We can confidently say that our organisation has made significant strides in evolving new initiatives and sustenance of existing platforms and projects in our various interventions among the communities.
The Board chairman used the opportunity to announce the elevation of Mrs Halima O. Sadiq as the Acting Executive Director of the Organisation following the resignation of Mrs Gift Omoniwa Owonipa.