Peace committees were inaugurated in all the 23 local government areas of Kaduna state yesterday. The Kaduna State Peace Commission conducted the process so that the people of Kaduna can continue to co-exist in peace and harmony at all levels.
The chairman of the Kaduna State Peace Commission, Mr. Josiah Idowu-Feron disclosed that the inauguration of the peace committees was part of the efforts of the Kaduna state government to ensure that peace reigns in all regions of Kaduna state. He also explained that the peace committees were structured in a way to tackle the security crises in Kaduna.
“It has always been argued that weak governance, ineffective conflict management systems associated with low capacity at the local government and community levels account for most of the conflicts in Nigeria”
The commission also explained that the members of the committee were carefully chosen after a rigorous selection process. Every committee is chaired by the chairman of the local government area and the vice chairman is the secretary. Mr. Idowu-Feron disclosed that the committees were part of a 5-year strategic plan of the commission to transform Kaduna into the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
“Three persons will represent the diverse demography of the LGA, one representative from the Muslim and the Christian communities. One person representing traditional institutions, youth representative, and the vigilance service coordinators in each of the LGA.”
“It is our hope that very soon, early warning and early response mechanisms will be set up in each LGA. We strongly advised that quick response and mediation sub-committees should be constituted in all LGAs to deal with all emerging issues that could trigger all forms of social disorders,” he said
Governor Nasir El-Rufai reminded that the commission was tasked with sustaining peace and harmony in Kaduna. He urged all committee members to hold security meetings regularly and do whatever they must to improve the security situations in their local government areas. “Watch out for people who sell alcohol and hard drugs, because these are usually the foundation of conflict,” he said.