Gad Peter: Mixed feelings as Country Deputy Director of Equal Access bows out

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Hon. Gad Peter

A former Deputy Country Director of Equal Access International (EAI) in Nigeria, Mr Gad Peter has expressed mixed feelings as he takes a bow from the International organisation for a higher responsibilities in CLEEN Foundation as Executive Director.

Peter who took to his Facebook page on Monday disclosed that he was taking a bow from EAI ‘after four years of impactful engagements.

He said:

“Grateful!!

“After 4years and 4months of impactful engagements in Equal Access International, I am proudly (though with mixed feelings) taking a bow.

“Looking back through the years, i cannot but feel proud of the achievements the team and I recorded. Like a professional footballer and after winning many laurels including the world cup, three champions league and several individual awards, especially the balon dor, I am moving to greater purpose.

“The memory of my first and subsequent exchanges with Kyle Dietrich by the road side and under a tree along Keffi- Abuja road while driving to Abuja from Jos are still fresh in my memory. And I must say, I had an amazing time working through the years.

“EAI provided me with opportunities to travel and interact with everyday Nigerians and Key stakeholders across several communities in the Northern part of Nigeria, l got to know more about Prevention /Countering Violent Extremism, running orders, content production, media engagement, youth and women engagement, and working visits to the US Department of State to share Nigeria’s best practices and alternative narratives to PCVE. I also had opportunities to share my Tech Camp and Peace Promotion Fellowship experience with Kenya and Philippine colleagues.

“I learnt more about sensitivity, diversity, inclusiveness and building positive working relationships with people across different ethnicity, cultures, faith and age group.

“The opportunity to also groom over 200 youths to be young development professionals through the EAI Peace Promotion Fellowship program and seeing them excel in their various fields was an exciting and fulfilling experience.

“I will definitely miss Equal Access International but I am more excited about what the future offers. I look forward to a new phase of life as I work more around security sector reform and governance, access to justice, public safety, gender and legislative advocacy.

“I have over the years worked with core Human rights organizations, Peace building organizations, CVE/Content production organizations, now I will spend the next number of years working with CLEEN Foundation.

“I will be counting on your goodwill, continuous prayers, support and partnership as I captain, provide leadership and direction for CLEEN Foundation as the Executive Director.

“I am grateful to my family, friends, colleagues, partners, and the media for the encouragement and for believing in me over the years.”

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