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Organization: Environmental Sustainability and Human Development Project (ESHUDEP), ESHUDEP
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Unfortunately, there has not been any significant progress in the culture of peace and non-violence in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, where our organisation operates. The main cause of violence and breach to peace in this area is poverty and the desruction of local peoples sources of livelihoods by multinational oil companies operatring in the area.

However, our organisation has been trying reduce the incidence if violence in this Region by inniating some projects that will empower local people economically and keep them busy and remove their minds from violent tendencies.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The main obstacle to our programmes so far are:

* limited funding to implement economic empowerment projects

*The intensive militarisation of the niger delta region by the oil companies and the federal government of nigeria

* limited access to the local communities where conflicts are rampant, because of the riverine nature of the area.

* hostile nature and language problems associated with the local communities in the niger delta

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Our organisation has organised series of seminals and workshop which brings together traditional rulers and other leaders of local communities in the Niger Delta to enghliten and educate them about how to make peace reighn in their domain. Youth leaders in local communities have also been invited to peace-promotion workshops organised by our organisation

Our organisation has also been implementing socio-economic projects, such as skill acquisition programmes, micro-credit sceme and adult education for school drops all in a bid to keep every one busy and divert their minds frmo violent tendencies

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Our experience have shown that economic deprivation and poverty could breed violence. So, our advice is that all effort shoul be made to ensure that local people are economically empowered and poverty eradication be made a top priority in the agenda of local and international organisations as well as national governments

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Our organisation would be interested in joining a network of local and international civi society groups promoting peace around the world. But, right now, our organisation is a memeber of the Niger Delta Peace Movement, a regional network promoting peace ans sustainable development in the conflict-ridden Nigeri Delta Region of Nigeria

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Our organisation plan to expand its programe of peace promotion from the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria to the whole country in the next decade of 2005-2010.

To this end, peace dialogue and inter-religious ans inter-enthnic conference will held to try and end the perrenial conflicts between moslems and christains in the northern part of Nigeria and the incessant clashes between rive ethnic groupd in Nigeria. The issue of environmental and resources conflict between the people of the Niger Delta and the oil cpmpanies/federal government of Nigeria would also be addressed.

Postal address of organization

51, idahosa street, off dawnson road, benin city, nigeria

E-mail address of organization

niger_delta@hotmail.com

Website address of organization

www.eshudep.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

sustainable development

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

Second priority country of action (or international)

Nigeria
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