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Plateau Peace Building Agency holds Close-Out Ceremony For Farmer/Herder Project Funded by US Embassy

The Plateau Peace Building Agency today at the Hilstation hotel, Jos, held a Close-Out ceremony of the project "Consolidating the mechanisms for sustainable cooperation and transformation of the farmer/herder conflict in Plateau state" funded by the United States Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria.

The project which has seen the government and other relevant stakeholders working to resolving farmer/harder conflict, to sustain and further consolidate the gains of the relative Peace and security that has returned to parts of the state in the last two years. The project was finally brought to a close after recording success within communities that have been in conflict. covering Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Riyom and some other parts of Plateau
Mr Joseph Lengmang, DG PPBA

Mr Joseph Lengmang, DG PPBA, in his welcome address said the project was very important to the organization as it has led to communities putting deliberate effort to build confidence by facilitating dialogue. He called on all the communities to consolidate on the gains of the project and build on the positives. Stating that peace has no alternative as community members have the responsibility and ability to forge for peaceful coexistence.
Lengman noted that despite the fact that some issues are yet unresolved, violence is not the option but dialogue as such thanked the state governor Simon Lalong for creating a ground and town-hall meetings where community members can communicate.
Mr Godwin Okoko, Director of Programs PPBA
Delivering the project overview, Mr Godwin Okoko, Director of Programs PPBA, talked about the the successes, challenges and way forward. The confidence of community members have been restored as the project has helped to build the capacity of some of them to resolve some issues within them. Issues centered around destruction of farm produce, land grabbing, cattle rustling/theft, killings and reprisal killings.
Mr Okoko said the Plateau Peace Building Agency cannot boost of solving these issues totally but with efforts in place differences have been resolved between farmer/harder within the communities of Basa (Kwal and Miango District). Also noting that violent conflicts within such areas have have been decreased which led to the signing of the commitment to peace witnessed on 20th September 2019. with committee structures set up to as discussions continue. He said there are still a lot of work to be done with some setbacks around bokkos recently.
He noted that the peace architectural dialogue is still on going in metropolitan areas held monthly at the premises of the plateau peace building agency as all hand must be on deck especially to continue the peace building process.  

Some community leaders present delivered testimonial speeches on the gains, amongst them where Ardo Wada Waziri, Hajiya Fatima Suleman, Mazi Eze Echezona, Chief Chinka Dodo, Yakubu Zgak and Rev Samuel Goro. With goodwill messages from CSOs, Security Agencies and the commissioner of information.

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