By Marie-Therese Nanlong
By Marie-Therese Nanlong.
JOS—In line with the vision to build and promote a stable and peaceful state, the Plateau Peace Building Agency, PPBA, has developed a five-year work plan, which would help it deal with violence in the state.
The Director General of the Agency, Joseph Lengmang stated the Agency needs a clear strategy that leverages on the capacity to foster collaborative partnerships with other agencies of government, private sector, civil society organization, development partners and grassroots communities.
Speaking at the technical session to review the Agency’s plan, he added that the developed work plan will highlight guidelines that promote sustainable conflict sensitive planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as mainstream the role of women in conflict prevention and peace building.
“The establishment of the Peace Building Agency is in line with the vision of Governor Simon Lalong to build and promote a stable, prosperous and peaceful Plateau and what we are doing today aligns with the first policy agenda of his administration which include peace, security and good governance.
‘’Our idea is to develop a five-year strategic plan through q benchmarking exercise that identifies good practices, highlight key lessons learned including a calendar to specify key intervention areas, outline activities, indicators and responsibilities at different levels,’’ he said.
Our State is still struggling to overcome the legacies of war which include mutual distrust and a growing suspicion between communities that once fought each other; the lack of proper reintegration and resettlement of IDPs.
“The inability to rehabilitate victims of violence as well as ensure the reconstruction of communities torched by violence; the proliferation of illicit weapons; the slow and near absence of critical institutional reforms to address underlying issues and the fading prospects of genuine reconciliation.
“To effectively eradicate the risk of a possible return to violent conflict can only be achieved through strategic plan of action that speaks to issues of conflict in a systematic and specialized manner.”