Â By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” The Regional Council for Conflict Management and Mitigation, CMMRC, has appealed to the Plateau State government to consider a review of the current curfew period in the state in view of its adverse effects on business and the restoration of normalcy.
The body in as statement, yesterday signed by its Acting Chairman, Mr. Ezekiel Gomos, said a review of the period which is currently from 9.pm to 6.am, was necessary to remove the siege mentality created by the curfew.
It argued that apart from creating a siege mentality which could become counter productive, prolonged curfew also sends the message that the security situation in the state was still bad.
According to him, â€œmost of the security breaches that have occurred in the last few weeks have taken place during the curfew hours, thus suggesting that curfew has its limitations.
â€œEconomic activities especially relating to tourism and hospitality in Jos have been at a very low level and this also deepens the already precarious unemployment and poverty situation in the state.”
It further argued that many social activities including sports for which Jos is well known were being moved to other states.