4 December 2020 By Chris Nyamtu
Nasarawa State Government in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP is working on a bill seeking to establish an Agency for Peace Building and Conflict Resolution to be presented to the State House of Assembly for consideration.
At a brainstorming session on the draft copy of the proposed bill in Lafia, Special Adviser to the State Governor on Non Governmental Affairs and Development Partners, Munirat Abdullahi said the State Government was committed towards entrenching lasting peace to pave way for development.
Munirat Abdullahi called on Stakeholders at the meeting to be articulate and be objective in making their inputs on the bill in view of its importance to the people of the State.
She stated that the bill if passed into law would provide a platform where conflicts could be nipped in the bud through dialogue to enhance sustainable peace and harmonious coexistence among diverse groups in the State.
Presenting a draft copy of the proposed bill, a Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Professor Alabi Mojeed said the draft was generated from consultations with different groups across the thirteen Local Government Areas of the State, Professor Mojeed pointed out that the bill pays attention to issues of gender based violence, herders- farmers clashes, ethnic and communal clashes among others.
The meeting drew participants from over 40 different Civil Society Groups in the State including religious and community leaders, women and youth groups, market women as well as National Association of Women Journalists and security. Agencies.