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15 WOMEN GROUPS TO BE EMPOWERED IN THREE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF ADAMAWA Fifteen women groups in three local government areas of Adamawa state will be mobilised to enable them benefit from a grant to strengthen participation of women in peace building. Speaking during a revalidation of reports from the local government concern held at Eagles Path Hotel, Executive Director of Global Peace Development, Mr. Esike Ebruke, highlighted the objectives of the programme to include broader participation of women and girls in peace building and government by enhancing their visibility. He pointed out that other objectives include strengthening women capacity to effectively respond to conflict and violence noting that the organisation is targeting women and girls, traditional rulers, religious, community as well as persons living with disabilities. Mr Ebruke also stated that in Adamawa state six communities targeted are Doubeli and Jambutu in Yola North, Mayo Bani and Gella in Mubi North as well as Digil and Gude in Mubi South . The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajiya Maisaratu Bello lauded the Global peace Development and Centre for Health and Development in Africa in the current effort in addressing participation of women and girls in peace building. She described the workshop as timely as its will encouraged more participation of women in peace building, adding that no meaningful development can be achieved in an atmosphere devoid of peace. The permanent secretary also commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for according peace a priority pointing out that with this programme by Global peace development to empower women, it is keying into peace building of the state Government. Speaking earlier in a welcome address, the National Programme Manager of Managing Conflict in Nigeria, Mohammed Tabiu, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who was represented by Abdulkadir Bello appreciate the Global Peace Development for coming up with such initiative. He explained that the Managing Conflict in Nigeria is also complementing such programme through building the capacity of traditional rulers and religious leaders to ensure the safety of their communities. Mallam Mohammed Tabiu further said they are in partnership with ministries of health, justice and women affairs and have also established a centre in Adamawa Home and Savings that address cases of rape and women abuse by men with trained doctors to give them psycho social support. In his vote of thanks,the the Executive Director of Centre for Health and Development in Africa, Mallam Mohammed Gidado Yolde urged participants at the workshop to utilized the knowledge acquired to their various communities as it will help them in addressing the issue relating to women and girls. There were Goodwill message by the village head of Doubeli Alhaji Mohammed Gora,Chairman of mubi North Jibril Manga, Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria and Jama'atun Nasir Islam among others.