The United States of America Embassy in Abuja has tasked social media expert in Plateau State to explore the multiple advantage of the new media to end crisis and promote peace especially among youths who are used as foot soldiers to perpetrate heinous crime.
The US Embassy stated this yesterday in Jos, the Plateau State capital at a social media gathering of young Nigerians, championed by an ICT company known as Tomruk iHub.
Speaking at the event, the United States official, David Young, said the social media space in Nigeria should be used to mobilize grassroots awareness, inter-communities peace-building and sustainability of communal security, charging youths to be more positively engaged in the use of the new media.
On his part, the ICT expert and founder, Tomruk iHub, Mr Job Ayuba highlighted the work of Tomruk at using social media for mass awareness, stressing the need for collaboration between community based organisations like Tomruk and the US embassy on fostering peace and democracy through social media.
Ayuba said with a robust collaboration, the ICT firm leveraging on the new media would however promote sustainable goals such as Voters education, specifically targeting the youths and urging new voters not to sell their votes.
He said: “We shall intervene in the scourge of out of school children and youth, by exposing the education opportunities available to them as well as training of NGOs, CSOs and FBOs.
“Tracking of IDPs and engaging them in productive, gainful activities: sustained advocacy for government agencies and those coming into governance to attend to the problem of public education in Nigeria, especially in the Northern part: sustained pressure on the government to stop the killing of innocent farmers in Nigeria focusing on the Middle Belt”.