A Jos based Non governmental organization, the Citadel Sports Advancement Foundation, is organising a peace tournament with a view to uniting citizens of Plateau Northern senatorial zone.
The tournament, which is slated kick-start this weekend at the Dadi Kowa Youth centre, according to official statement would feature basket ball as the major event.
Speaking with our correspondent in Jos, the founder and Chief Executive office of the NGO Dabis Sunday Christopher ,said several teams from the four local governments in the Northern Senatorial zone are to participate in the tournament.
He decried the incessant crises that have bedeviled the Senatorial zone and said the organisation would use sports to bring peace to the people of Plateau as a whole.
“As an NGO in Plateau State, we would continue to promote peaceful coexistence among the youths. Citadel Sport is a nonprofit organization in Jos with the intent to use sports as a platform to change positively the life skills of Nigerian youth and to provide them with talent-building opportunities while teaching them the fundamentals of different sports,” he said.
Christopher added: “Our activities are focused and formed to teach players accountability, respect, teamwork, and the benefit of hard work, this project is aimed at promoting peace, reconciliation and empowering Nigerian youths through active engagement in sporting activities.
“As a group we are using sports to douse tension in restive areas and demilitarize the youths and help them engage in productive ventures and to disabuse their minds from social vices that hinder human resource development.
“We also seek to promote social integration, Community capacity building, crime reduction, security consciousness, Health and lifestyles amongst the youth population via a sensitization on issues such as drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, violence and gender inequality during the sport tournaments. ”
He also said the mega basketball tournament which would hold between 11th to16th December will assemble a minimum of 7000 youths from various parts of Plateau State.
“We shall also give leaders and other stakeholders from the state the opportunity to address the youths based on current realities and concerns.
“The competition is organised to bring youths from all backgrounds to tell the entire nation that we are peace ambassadors, that we put our differences aside and work for the progress of the state”.