By Marie-Therese Nanlong.
The Plateau State government through its Peace-building Agency has proposed the establishments of model schools and settlements in border communities in the State so as to abolish exclusive schools and settlements of citizens based on religious and ethnic affiliations which are prevalent in the State, a situation the State describes as a disaster waiting to happen.
The government equally expressed sadness over the mutual distrust and suspicion which are still prominent in the State and appealed to international non-governmental organizations not to leave the State but continue to collaborate with it and its citizens in efforts geared towards restoring lasting peace and security in the State.
Speaking yesterday in Jos when the Community Peace Partnership, CPP, an early warning signal team working with community leaders and security agencies to arrest conflict before it escalates, paid him a visit, the Director-General of the Plateau Peace-building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang lamented the amount of arms being amassed in the State and called on those in possession of illegal arms to surrender the weapons in the interest of the society.
He also commended the efforts of CPP in collaboration with the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, NSRP in restoring and maintaining the fragile peace being enjoyed in the State and added that his Agency will adopt CPP and work closely with the platform as the NSRP is ending its five years collaboration with the team this year.