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Nasarawa records tremendous success in security

The Nasarawa State government has achieved ninety per cent reduction in insecurity through Community Based Conflict Resolution Mechanism.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Jameel Zakari, made this known in an interview with a team of Voice Of Nigeria correspondents in Lafia, the State Capital.

The Commissioner said that Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who he described as the Beacon of Inclusive government and Champion of Value Addition, involved everybody , tribal leaders, religious leaders and youths in resolving any conflict.

Community Based Conflict

According to Mr Zakari,since the assumption of office in 2011, Governor Al-Makura had set out this novel community based conflict resolution policy where all stake holders in the crises that erupted in the past are brought to the same table to take decision on the issue

Mr Zakari said one of the critical problems of insecurity Nassarawa State had witnessed and which has transcended the State, was Herdsmen/Farmers crisis.

You discover that these are people with hot tempers and often take laws into their hands. So under the community based conflict resolution mechanism, the herdsmen are there, the farmers are there, security agencies are there, SSS, Civil Defence, Police, Immigration and they know each other, so if farmer A kills herdsman B’s cattle or herdsman B’s cattle destroys farmer A’s crops, the community will make him to apologise and to pay compensation, the Commissioner explained.

He added that they try to inculcate in the people the culture of living in peace because ‘ when there is no peace, it affects all aspects of life including food and freedom of movement.

Other mechanisms employed by the government to tackle insecurity in Nasarawa State are provision of adequate vehicles to security agents, construction of helipad for surveillance in the North Central, Nigeria and constant holding of security meetings with neighbouring Benue State.

Source: Voice of Nigeria