The Plateau State Military Special Task Force on Saturday 10 September, organised a joint summit to sensitise residents on the need to sustain peace and security in their various communities.
The Commander of the task force and General Officer, commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Ibrahim Ali, who declared the summit open, noted that active participation of citizens in the security of their communities was necessary to ending criminalities and senseless clashes on the Plateau.
He noted that the achievements recently recorded in curtailing attacks and farmer/herder clashes must be consolidated and warned that any attempt by crisis merchants to reverse the gains of these achievements would not be tolerated.
Amazed by the large attendance, General Ali noted that there was time for everything in life and the time for peace on the plateau had come.
While commending Justice Daniel Longji (retd.) led a 26-man committee formed by the OPSH to implement the recommendations of the 36-man Committee on Peace. General Ali said the seminar was organised to enlighten the citizens on sensitive security issues towards agreeing on the way forward. He noted that the significance of the event was in upscaling the efforts of the OPSH in ensuring remarkable peace and unity on the Plateau.
Earlier, the Chairman of the 26-man peace implementation committee, Justice Daniel Longji (retd.), in his opening remarks, stated peace was a catalyst for progress and development. He described the sensitisation seminar as another strategy to achieving peaceful resolution between communities and religious groups.
While lauding the untiring efforts of the Commander, Operation SAFE HAVEN, in ensuring lasting peace was achieved across board, Justice Longji revealed that the seminar would help participants build capacity for immediate and future engagements.
Addressing the participants, the representative of Governor Plateau State, Director of Administration, Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr Gayi Timothy Gayi commended OPSH for its sustained programme on peace and unity of the state. He urged aggrieved persons to forgive one another and work together on the path of peace.
Highlight of the event were paper presentations on trust and peaceful co-existence by notable resource persons and group photograph.