Speaking through Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Governor Nasiru El-rufai of Kaduna State expressed satisfaction with the steps Agwatyap, His Royal Highness, Dominic Gambo Yahaya has taken seeking for an ingenious solution to the recurrent violent conflict in his domain to bring about stability and peaceful co-existence amongst his subjects.
He intensifies the call on people of the state to make recourse to the law and avoid taking the law into their own hands. He further added that, when people make recourse to the law there will be reduction in violent conflict, it will go a long way in bringing stability in the state.
El-rufai made the assertions to participants at a training workshop for members of the Atyap peace and security partnership organized by the commission in Kaduna, with assistance from Mercy Corp.
He also made an appeal to the media, saying, the media is a critical stakeholder, the media should set agenda, an agenda that will further deepens peace-building, this is what is important. But, in a situation where the media becomes a space where people who in anyway, their comments will not help in peace-building is something that we should discourage.
The security linchpin stressed the importance of peace and how the absent of it can thwart development. “Pace is very critical, if there is no security there will not be cogent development and wherever there is deficit in development or infrastructure you will find out that security challenge is there.”
The Executive Vice Chairman of Kaduna State Peace Commission, Barrister Priscilla Ankut has urged stakeholders in the peace process in Atyap Chiefdom to be steadfast as they work towards achieving sustainable peace.
She said over the years, the Commission has evolved initiatives such as capacity building, negotiation and mediation for several communities. This is because the Commission believes that community-driven initiatives involving state and non-state actors offer the most effective approach to securing sustainable peace and security in communities.
According to her, the programme has been organized to build the capacity of relevant stakeholders on how to contribute their quota more creatively and vigorously in peace building processes.
The programme is in line with similar ones that have been organized by the Commission in the last three years with the assistance of partners, especially Mercy Corp.
KAPECOM has taken the initiative of organizing communities and stakeholders towards restoring security, peace and harmonious co-existence in several local government areas of the state.