The Stakeholders’ Forum on 2015 Elections brought together 102 public and private sector stakeholders – including security agents and traditional and youth leaders – to share findings from its multi-sector consultations on what can be done in order to mitigate the potential for violence in the Niger Delta. The Peace and Security Working Group (PSWG) was established in order to enhance the effectiveness and coordination of interventions that are designed to reduce conflict in Nigeria. The PSWG meets in Abuja and Port Harcourt, and brings CSOs, NGOs, government, and private sector stakeholders together to share information and identify opportunities for enhanced collaboration. The Niger Delta Sub-Group was established with the same vision of preventing violent conflict with a specific focus on the 2015 elections and the end of the Amnesty Program.
PIND’s Appropriate Technology-Enabled Development (ATED) team went to monitor the construction of chorkor ovens, clean burning stoves that allow fish smokers to produce more smoked fish in less time, in Fishtown in Keffes River Development Community in Bayelsa State. The chorkor oven is an appropriate technology – an AT – because it is made from locally-available materials and can easily be replicated at community level. These pictures show the construction of the chorkor ovens by trained youth from the Keffes RDC. Once operational, these ovens would help improve the productivity of fish smokers and help boost income.
On February 3 – 7, 2014, Executive Vice-President of Chevron Corporation Ms. Rhonda Zygocki visited PIND’s Economic Development Center in Warri and head office in Abuja as part of her official visit to Nigeria. She was also taken on a tour of one of PIND project sites in Warri, Delta State. This trip proved to be an excellent opportunity to showcase PIND’s work of the past few years exemplified by its holistic approach to economic development by mainstreaming peace building and capacity building, and allow her see first-hand the impact that the Foundation is having on the lives and livelihoods on Nigerians in the Niger Delta region.
With the tremendous increase in its staff strength and the opening of 2 regional offices in Delta and Rivers States, PIND Foundation has come a long way since its inception in 2010. In December 2012, the PIND team all converged at a staff retreat in Songhai Farms in Rivers state for team building and 2013 workplanning.
In October 2011, PIND identified youth groups from the Niger Delta that had come together as a group to pursue a common goal for their own good, and that of their families and communities. Some of these groups are showcased in PIND’s 2012 calendar and short films on the group have been made and can be seen on PIND’s website.