Stakeholders in Plateau State have commended the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) for the roles it is playing in ensuring lasting peace is achieved in the State.
The stakeholders charged government at all levels and the security agencies to take deliberate actions and display the will power towards addressing the security challenges confronting the State and Nation at large.
The Stakeholder urged security personnel to be more proactive and use the intelligence information made available to them to stem the rate of criminal activities in the State.
They decried the increasing rate of kidnapping, destruction of farm crops, attacks and killing of citizens, rustling/killing of cattle, indiscriminate/underage/night grazing and other criminal activities which they said requires urgent attention to be nipped in the bud.
On the high rate of crime, the stakeholders called for the deployment of more security personnel to affected communities and the provision of adequate logistics for them to perform their duties optimally.
They said destruction of farm crops and killing of livestock potents huge threat to food security as that is capable of causing food shortage and affecting economic activities of the people. They made case for urgent humanitarian intervention through a compensation plan to affected persons by government and the arrest of the perpetuators of the heinous acts for prosecution.
The Stakeholders said working for peace requires sincerity and called on the people to expose merchant of crisis so that they can be arrested and prosecuted.
They also harped on the need for ethical journalism which they said is critical to peace building.
The stakeholders made the disclosures at the Monthly Plateau State Peace Architecture Forum (PPAF) organized by the Plateau State Peace Building Agency in partnership with GIZ under its PeaceCore Project.
The Director General of the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA), Mr. Joseph Lengmang in his remarks appreciated the Stakeholders for resolving to work for peace.
He said the Plateau State Peace Architecture Forum is an initiative to provide a non-partisan monthly platform upon which the agency can effectively coordinate peace and conflict interventions in the State, to promote synergy among State and non-state actors with a view to avoid duplication of peace initiatives in ways that allow the agency seamlessly measure progress and impact of peace and conflict related interventions first, in the selected local government areas/communities and subsequently across the State and to serve as a viable platform for the detection and response to early warning signs of conflict in communities.
He said the State government under the leadership of Governor Simon Lalong place high premium on peace and security which made the establishment of the Plateau Peace Building Agency possible.
He called on the citizens to do away with issues that are inimical to the peace and unity of the State.
The Commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) who was represented by the Sector 6 Commandant OPSH, Col. AH Gwani urged the Citizens to continue to work for the actualization of lasting peace in the State.
He said the outfit will continue to do its best in restoring peace in the Joint Operation Area.
He also charged the citizens to avoid shielding criminal elements, accord them the needed supports, cooperation, have confidence in the outfit and furnish them with credible, reliable and timely information that will assist them in carrying out their duties.