The Borno State Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have partnered to empower religious and traditional leaders in the state.
The empowerment workshop was through the state's Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, and the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR).
The participants were empowered through discussions on early-warning conflict prevention strategies.
The workshop which was held on Monday in Maiduguri was declared open by the governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum.
Zulum who was represented by the State's Commissioner of Information and Internal Security, Professor Usman Tar, urged the participants to share the knowledge gained with their communities, especially victims and repentant insurgents who returned
Zuwaira Gambo, the State's Commissioner of Women Affairs who spoke on behalf of her ministry and the RRR ministry urged the participants to engage actively in the discussions.
"I humbly encourage all of our fathers and spiritual leaders who, indeed, are the custodians of moral and traditional norms and values to actively engage in the sessions, exchange ideas, and draw inspiration from one another," she said.
She further stressed Governor Zulum's commitment to ensuring stability, peace, and security of the state.
On his part, the Head of UNDP, Northeast sub-office, (Mr) Moncef Kartas noted that the state has been troubled with so many challenges.
He emphasized the significant efforts of traditional and religious leaders as the first point of contact in the communities to resolve the situation.
"They are the trusted voices and pillars upon which the foundations of our society are laid," he said.
Those who attended the event included the Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly represented by his Deputy, Musa Askira, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Abdu Umar, Head of Civil Service, Barrister Mallam Fannami, and His Royal Highness, the Shehu of Borno, represented by Zanna Borguma of Borno, Alh. Mohammed Habib among others.