Sustainable Peace : Kajuru Council ,Kaduna Peace Commission Organise Retreat for Stakeholders
In bid to find a lasting solution to the frequent crises in the area, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State in collaboration with Kaduna State Peace Commission on Friday organised capacity building retreat for members of Kajuru truth and reconciliation committee in Kaduna.
The two-day retreat with members and stakeholders drafted from communities is one of the measures taken by Kaduna State government to develop a blueprint for sustainable peace in the troubled Kajuru local government area.
Declaring the retreat opened, the Kajuru Local Government Council Chairman Hon. Cafra Caino said, peace is sacrosanct and has no alternative in the quest for development.
He said, crisis in the local government has frustrated development plans while expressing the commitment of the local government towards ensuring a sustainable peace in the area.
He disclosed that efforts to build a standard market which will be best of its kind in the state is completed.
” Also to be established is an institute of peace and conflict resolution, hence the support of all and sundry required to make those development projects become a reality.
“We are one and the same, let’s drop our differences and speak with one voice, we must all be committed towards entrenching a sustainable peace”.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Kaduna State Peace Commission, Mrs Priscilla Ankut averred that, there cannot be development without peace and there cannot be peace without development.
She said, “relative calm may have returned to the local government but the situation still remain vulnerable. Issues of the Kajuru crisis centred on issues of land ownership, indegines/settlers dichotomy, economic, social and political issues and restiveness on the part of youths.
Chairman of the committee, Hon Patrick Maigari who put membership of the committee at 49 urged members to be committed in the assignment, adding that the quest for peace requires patience, perseverance, give and take and confidence building.
While commending the judiciary in her role in the release of the Adara elders, he stressed that history will judge all in the role played in building peace or creating violence.
On their part, country director Mr. John Oko of the global peace foundation urged committees to take responsibility of returning a permanent peace in the local government.
‘ Members must be committed to the assignment wholeheartedly .We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools” he stressed.
Country Director Plan International and the Gideon and Funmi para-Mallam peace foundation are also expected to share their thoughts during the retreat.