Impact Stories From CIEPD Conflict/ Peace Watch Centre

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Deeve which is a short form of developmental levy or matching ground as it is also called, settlement, “illegal” levy which is being forced on a developer most times by the youth of the community. This is common in Niger Delta Region.  This has been alluded to scaring off investors and stalling so many infrastructural developments in the region. It has also contributed in triggering community conflicts as the process of demanding is always forceful.

 On 2nd of November 2016, the conflict watch centre received a report from Nanakumo Ebikeseiye from Tungbo community in Bayelsa state, thanking CIEPD for building his capacity to intervene and resolved potential conflict in their community.

Tungbo is one of CIEPD intervention communities in the Bayelsa Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Project in Sagbama Local Government Area with the aim of supporting and strengthening existing community structures to identify (early warning signals) and respond to conflict. It is supported by NSRP under output one.

 

“Matching Ground Collector”

cwc impact story1In his word “they were there to collect their right and for them to settle us, and other bodies in the community.” He explained that they (group of youths) approach the dredgers at the river side and asked if they have settled the community which they said no but claim that the work belong to a community member who brought them in to dredge sand.

 

Mediator “Participated in CIEPD Trainings Member Coping Mechanism

cwc impact story2On the day when the youth protested, i was outside my house when i saw crowds of youths shouting from the river side “you must settle us today”. I was able to peacefully intervened using the skills acquired during CIEPD conflict training. Eye witnesscwc impact story3

“We thank God that it went in a peaceful way because the people that brought them were claiming right and the community youth were very angry”- Edoki Blessing

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See below the sand dredgers fulfilling their own part of pumping sand for Tungbo community, Bayelsa State on Sunday 13th November 2016.

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