…Says, Norway, UNDP supports Commission to establish CEWERS.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Josiah Idowu-Fearon-led Kaduna State Peace Commission has said it’s working towards ending violent conflicts that continue to take place in parts of some local government areas in southern parts of Kaduna State.
His Grace, Most Rev. Idowu-Fearon, who is Chairman of the state Peace Commission, disclosed this Tuesday during a media briefing on the activities of the Commission and state of peaceful coexistence in Kaduna State that held at the Commission Office in Kaduna.
He also disclosed that the governments of Norway and United States Development Programme, UNDP, have supported the Commission to establish an ICT-based conflict early warning and early response system, CEWERS, with state-of-the-art facilities that will provide a platform for citizens to communicate and report incidences and threat to peace.
He said, despite consistent efforts being made by Nasir El-Rufai-led leadership towards peace building and, investing heavily in human capital and infrastructural development for effective service delivery, incidents of violent conflicts have continued in parts of the state, especially in Zangon-Kataf, Kaura, Kajuru and Jema’a LGs.
The chairman said the Commission has, over the years, engaged in dialogue with everybody and listened to all parties and groups and, above all, responded to their concerns, worries, fears and needs of the citizens in the state, in pursuit of the peace.
According to him, the Commission is also an active participant in the ongoing global (campaign) to end violence against women, and appealed to their citizens to speak out and take appropriate actions to end domestic and other forms of violence against the girl-child and women.
While he expressed optimism that success would soon be recorded in the affected LGs, Rev. Idowu-Fearon was delighted that ongoing mediation efforts in Fantsuan in Jema’a LG, Chawai, in Kaura, and Afan Takad in Kaura LGs are already recording tremendous success. He also said initiatives in Zangon-Kataf are being strengthened to bring an end to the ongoing conflicts.
Rev. Idowu-Fearon, however, noted that criminal activities – including kidnapping persons for ransom, armed robbery, rustling of cattle and raiding of villages for various motives – have posed tremendous challenges, adding that even the incidences are criminal in nature; they have strained inter-community relations, especially in parts of Birnin Gawri, Igabi, Giwa, Chikun, Kajuru, Zangon-Kataf and Jema’a LGs, among others, arising out of profiling and stereotyping of one group or the other.
He urged people in the state to work with security agencies in reversing the trends of criminal activities. The media briefing was also attended by all members of the Commission and other relevant bodies.