Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the aegis of the Plateau Peace Practioners Network, has advised governorship candidates in the state to include good governance in their electioneering.
The organisations gave the charge at a colloquium they organised on Thursday in Jos. Speaking at the event, Mr Jacob Pwakim, chairman of the network, said that the colloquium aimed at creating a platform for citizens to engage the candidates.
Pwakim, who said that PPPN is a conglomerate of civil society organisations working on peace- building in the state, explained that the event was first of its kind in the history of the network.
The chairman also tasked the candidates that whoever emerged after the 2023 general elections, should commit more resources and efforts toward promoting peace in state ”We have decided to put this together to create the a platform to engage the governorship candidates on good governance.
”It is a platform for the candidates to tell the public what they have in stock for the people and to create strong synergy with the organisations in the state.
”As a network, we want to strongly advised whoever among you that becomes the governor to adequately fund the state’s Peace Building Agency (PPBA) established by the current administration ”We want to also advise that the next governor should leverage the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative of the current administration in spending public funds,” he said.
Pwakim maintained that the OGP would curtail incidences of corruption and misappropriation of public funds, that mostly lands the chief executives into trouble after office.
The chairman further advised the incoming governor to support both local and international organisations in the state and urged that modalities should be put in place to attract grants to the state.
Speaking at the event, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thanked the network for providing them the platform to reel out their manifestos to the public.
Mutfwang promised to commit reasonable resources and commitment toward addressing ongoing violent conflicts in the state.
Also, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that he would deploy modern technology to fight insecurity in the state.
Similarly, Mr Samuel Abashe, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), promised to improve on the early warning and early response system to end the circle of violence in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that reprsentatives of candidates of Action Democratic Party (ADC) and National Rescue Movement (NRM), also attended the colloquium.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has promised to do everything possible to sustain peace in the state.
Lalong stated this at an event organised by the state’s Peace Building Agency (PPBA) to commemorate the 2022 International Peace Day on Wednesday in Jos. Represented by Mr Dan Majang, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, the governor expressed deep desire to bequeath a peaceful Plateau.
“We will do everything possible to secure the people of Plateau; because we can only grow and develop when there is absolute peace.
“We will deploy all resources at our disposal to ensure lasting peace is restored to all parts of the state.
“The establishment of the peace building agency is part of our efforts in ensuring there is peace at all levels,” he said.
The governor thanked security agencies and the media for working assiduously toward the actualisation of the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
He, however, called on residents of the state to support and collaborate with the government and security agencies toward a peaceful Plateau.
Earlier, Mr Joseph Lengmang, the Director General of PPBA, said that the event was organised to reflect on the importance of the day, which was set aside by the United Nations to commemorate the peace works in the state.
Lengmang said that the event was organised in collaboration with its partners, including Mercy Corps, Norwegian Refugee Council, TearFund, Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action and GIZ, among others.
He explained that the event had afforded peace practitioners in the state and other stakeholders to share their experiences.
Prof. Pandang Yamsat, the Co-Chairman of Plateau Inter-Religious Council, advised residents of the state to be tolerant, patient and respect the values of others.
He advised communities to come together and draw out values that would entrench togetherness and promote peaceful co-existence in the society.
The reprsentatives of Gbong Gwom Jos, Commander Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Commissioner of Police, Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), among others, also spoke at event.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 International Day of Peace has the theme ”End Racism, Build Peace” with a sub theme ”Fostering Social Cohesion and Mutual Understanding for Sustainable Peace in Plateau: The Role of Community” NAN also reports that the agency with its partners has organised a road walk on in Jos as part of activities making the day.
Irigwe and Fulani ethnic groups in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau, have signed peace pact, as part of efforts to end attacks in the area.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the document was signed by Chairman of Peace Committee, Rev. John Pawa, the Co-Chairman, Alhaji Yau’u Idris and Chairman of Bassa Local Government, Mr Stephen Igmala, at Jebbu Bassa.Speaking at the event, Director-General of Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA), Dr Joseph Lengman, said that the document was produced by a 16-man committee, comprising the two ethnic groups.According to him, the groups are from Irigwe chiefdom in Miango district of Bassa council area.He said that the committee held series of consultations, conducted investigations on the causes of the conflicts, did impact assessment and proffered modalities for sustainable peace.Lengman said that the document stated that humanity should be the fulcrum for sustainable peaceful co-existence through which disputes would be resolved through dialogue and mutual respect for values, while individual beliefs would be raised above parochial interest.He thanked Gov. Simon Lalong for the peace initiative, aimed at ensuring peaceful co-existence between the two communities.The director-general also commended the ethnic groups for signing the documents, coupled with their resolve to co-exist peacefully in spite of their differences.In his remarks, the Mbra Ngwe Irigwe (paramount leader) of Irigwe nation, Rev. Ronku Aka, said that peace was critical to the progress of any society.According to him, the two ethnic groups have mutual benefits to derive from living together.He thanked the state government, non-government organisations and other key stakeholders for their peace efforts in the area, while calling for prayers to ensure adherence to the agreement.In his remarks, the governor said that the signed document could be used for future interventions, either by state or non-state actors in the council area, urging the ethnic groups to enlighten their members on its content.“It is your document and you must ensure that you enlighten and sensitise your respective communities on the importance of respecting all the articles contained therein,” he said.Lalong said that his administration would support the implementation of the agreement, especially the recommendations that required appropriate policy response, to address the root causes of the inter-communal conflict.“Similarly, I have also directed PPBA to work in conjunction with security agencies as well as local and international partners to support the safe return and resettlement of all the victims of violent conflict in Miango and environs.“This also involves the provision of pyscho-social support and additional trainings to youth groups and women,” he said.The governor thanked members of the committee, traditional and religious leaders in the area, NGOs, security agencies and other stakeholders for their efforts at mitigating the violent clashes which had lingered in the area for more than two decades.“We are proud to note that there is a general decline in the spate of ethno-religious crisis and violent attacks, far lower than the scale witnessed before we came into office,” he said.The governor said that the agreement was the product of the voluntarily commitment between the two warring communities to finding solutions to the recurring violence, stressing that the state government only facilitated the process.NAN reports that representatives of the two ethnic groups promised to sensitise their people on the need for peaceful co-existence and called for measures against any defaulter.Other signatories included: the two chairmen of Plateau State Inter-Religious Council (PSIR), Rev Pandang Yamsat and Dr Muhammadu Haruna, as well as the director-general of PPBA.Many NGOs, ethnic groups and religious organizations, such as CAN and JNI, attended the event.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Plateau Peace Building Agency, PPBA, has described the recent attack on Jos' custody center by gunmen as a "bad omen" and a threat to Nigeria's fight against insecurity.
The agency's CEO, Joseph Lengmang, said this in an interactive session with journalists on Friday in Jos.
Recall that armed men invaded the custody center on Sunday night, killing a staff of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS, nine inmates, while 252 inmates escaped during the invasion.
Mohammed Tukur, NCoS deputy comptroller general in charge of Operations, blamed the attack on a shortage of modern equipment and other devices.
According to Lengmang, the attack remains a serious threat to the ongoing fight against insecurity in the state and the country as a whole.
Furthermore, he condemned the recurring leaks in the country and described the trend as dangerous and unhealthy for society.
“It is unfortunate that jailbreaks have been a recurring decimal in this country. We had it on Imo, Kogi and whatever.
“Overall, what happened a few days ago at Jos's custody center is cause for deep concern and concern.
“The 252 inmates who escaped from the center will have a negative impact on society. We do not know if they are armed, who and where they are.
"This development represents a serious threat to the current fight against insecurity because they have returned to society and the tendency to unleash chaos," he said.
Lengmang, who condemned the attack, called on security agencies to step up efforts to re-arrest fleeing prisoners.
He asked the Federal Government to install modern security equipment in the various custody centers throughout the country to prevent future events.
A Non Governmental Organisation, Nigeria Early Recovery Initiative (NERI) on Thursday signed a 60,000 dollars agreement with Plateau state government on peace efforts in the state.
The Chief Party of NERI, Mr Olivier Girard, said that the United States was interested in addressing conflict and violence occuring in the North Central and North West of the country.
“They have asked our programme to come and start work and see how we can support efforts to promote peace, reconcilation and recovery of communities that were affected by violence,” he said.
Girard said that the agreement was for partnership with the Plateau State Peace Building Agency (PPBA) to conduct rapid assessment in Bassa and Mangu Local Government Areas of the state.
He said this would pave way for other collaborations such as supporting communities that were affected by violence and also supporting the agency to perform its roles effectively.
He said NERI would support PPBA with funds to conduct the assement in partnership with Civil Society Organisations, to understand communities that were affected by violence and their outstanding grievances.
“Hopefully, the report of the assesment would be shared with all local actors and that would set the stage for further interventions in terms of helping communities recover their means of livelihood.
“It could be giving psycho-social support to those affected by trauma and help to resolve some of the grievances,” he said.
He said the organisation would work closely with PPBA to jointly decide how the 60,000 dollars grant would be used, saying the partnership is to help them understand the needs of the affected communities.
The Director General of PPBA, Mr Joseph Lengman, said the organisation have been working with both state and non-state actors to contribute towards addressing issues that engender violence in the state.
Lengman said some unresolved issues may possibly lead to reoccurrence of violent conflict, adding that there is the need for such issues to be addressed through systematic engagements.
He said that Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau was committed to ensure peaceful coexistence devoid of nocturnal attacks, instability and restiveness.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
The Plateau Government has appealed to the people of the state to eschew rancour and embrace its efforts aimed at achieving lasting peace in the state.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Irimiya Werr, made the appeal on Monday at a peace walk held in Jos metropolis in memory of the victims of the 2001 Jos crisis.
The walk was organised by the Plateau Peace Practitioners Network of Nigeria (PPPN) in collaboration with Displaced Women and Children Foundation, Peace Direct.
According to Werr, government has made frantic efforts toward sustaining the peace being enjoyed in the state.
The commissioner described the creation of the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) by the current administration as one of the laudable steps taken to entrench peaceful coexistence in the state.
“You all know that the PPBA, saddled with the mandate of promoting peaceful coexistence among the citizens of the state, is the brainchild of this regime.
“The creation of the agency has brought about the peace we are currently enjoying. For sometime now, the state has been peaceful.
“Government, no doubt, is making serious efforts to ensure that lasting peace is achieved. A lot of resources had been invested in that regard.’’
He said that the government alone could not do it, adding: “We need the support and the cooperation of the citizens to achieve the peace that we all desire.
“Plateau people must know that without peace we cannot develop, no investors will come to the state to invest, our children cannot go to school and families will be in jeopardy.”
Werr admonished the youth to eschew violence and embrace peace in order to avert a repeat of the 2001 ugly situation that led to the loss of lives and property in the state.
He also advised religious and community leaders to always preach peace among their subjects and engage in actions that would foster togetherness in their domains.
The Chairman of PPPN, Mr Mugu Zakka, said that the peaceful walk was organised to remember those who died during the 2001 crisis.
He said that the objective was to preach peaceful coexistence to residents of the state.
Zakka, who called on the state to declare every September 7 as Plateau Peace Day, advised the state government to intensify efforts toward peace building among the rural communities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the walk commenced from the Old Airport Roundabout to Secretariat Junction within Jos metropolis.
Edited By: Peter Dada/Sam Oditah