By John Mkom
Jalingo—Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Peter Abel Diah, has commended the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and his Taraba counterpart, Darius Ishaku, over their efforts to end the long-standing insecurity along the Benue/Taraba states border.
The speaker gave the commendation while briefing journalists in his office in Jalingo, the state capital, yesterday.
Governors Ortom and Ishaku had on Monday in Makurdi, Benue State, announced the setting up of a joint military-police patrol team from the two states to intensify security surveillance and stem the unending crisis at their borders.
The governors also agreed to establish a joint Benue-Taraba Peace Committee to monitor potential threats to peace in the affected areas, following security breach at the border of the two states which has lingered for some time.
Vanguard gathered that the move to constitute the Benue/Taraba peace committee was initially started by the administration of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue and Acting governor Garba Umar of Taraba State, but could not see the light of the day.
The speaker described the efforts of the two governors in bringing their people to talk peace face to face without following the path of past governments who only set up committees with their resolutions not implemented, as a step in the right direction.
“I advise the people of the two states to follow the agreement by the two governors by embracing peace. I commend their bold steps and we at the House of Assembly are fully committed to support such move taken by the two governors to bring back our lost peace at the two states’ border.
“Governor Ishaku has put the past behind him and is ready to rewrite our history as a people. We must stop opening the scar of the healing wounds. Doing so would not take us to where we want to be. We must support his rescue mission,” Diah said.
He further encouraged the committee that was set up by Taraba State government to settle internally displaced persons, IDPs, to double its efforts by settling the people that returned to their homes, so they could return to their farms.
He also called on the affected people to cooperate with committee to ease the exercise.