Plateau State government has expressed its readiness to sustain the Peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
Deputy governor of the state, Professor Sonni Tyoden, made this know yesterday in his welcome address at a one day panel discussion to commemorate the World peace day in the state.
It could be recalled that Plateau used to be one of the crisis prone states in the country but peace has since returned in the state in the past 15 months since the Governor Simon Lalong led administration came on board.
Tyoden who was represented by the commissioner for lands and survey, Hon Festus Fuanter said the state government would work towards sustaining the peace in the state.
“ This administration is determined to carry along all tribes in governance in order to promote lasting peace in the state.
“We would continue to encourage institutions with ideas that would contribute significantly to the peace building process in the state “.
He appealed to citizens of the state to continue to tolerate each other in order to sustain the peace currently enjoyed in the state.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Director General of Plateau Peace Building Agency, PBA, recently inaugurated by the state Governor Simon Lalong, Mr. Joseph Lengmang said government would nurture and promote mutual trust among residents.
Lengmang said “that the agency is also expected to work out steps to promote harmonious co-existence among ethnic and religious groups in the state “.
“Several stakeholders have worked tirelessly to contribute to the return of peace on the Plateau. Some of them have achieved significant results and therefore made immense contributions to moving the peace process forward. In this light the Plateau state peace building agency alongside other relevant agencies of government proposes to use the occasion of the International day of Peace to meet and interact with these stakeholders with a view to appraise the ongoing peace building process in Plateau state with the theme titled – sustainable Development Goals , Building blocks of peace “.
He said that the agency, which was established by an act of legislation in February 2016, had a prime mandate of preventing violent conflicts and consolidating the peace currently being enjoyed on the Plateau.
In his words “To carry out our mandate, we shall be very proactive; we cannot afford the luxury of being reactionary,’’ he said.
“Our mandate is to seek out the issues and deal with them at the latent stages with the aim of tackling them before they escalate into violent conflicts “.
“It is the first time Plateau is having an institution to deal with conflicts; we have found that waiting until things get out of hand has only worsened already bad situations,’’ he explained.
Lengmang said that the agency was working with state and non-state actors towards a collaborative synergy that would make Plateau a peaceful haven for all.
He said that the agency had begun its mandate by conducting advocacy campaigns to enlighten the people on the functions of PBA and how it was contributing to peace building.
“We found that we needed to create a lot of awareness; we also need to sensitise the people on the benefits of peaceful co-existence.
“Another step is to engage the media to help us convey the messages,” he said.
The DG pointed out that all Plateau residents had significant roles to play in its peace building process, and urged everyone to team up with the agency.
Lengmang appealed to people with grievances to channel them through legally constituted authorities, noting that there was always a way of seeking redress over even past injustices.

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