The Plateau State Peace Building Agency will soon recruit “peace structures” to fight insecurity in local communities within the State.
Director General of the Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang on Tuesday said the structures will comprise interest groups, voluntary security organizations and among others, community leaders.
The teams according to Lengmang will organize monthly peace and security meetings with relevant stakeholders to identify and address security threats within the communities.
The Agency has since creation in 2016 organized monthly peace dialogues, mainly to resolve conflicts between farmers and herders, which have persisted in Nigeria’s Middle-Belt for over a decade.
The local peace structures are expected to replicate such efforts at the community level, said the PPBA boss at a security meeting in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
The meeting – “Justice and Security State Level Dialogue for Security Actors” was aimed at “collaborative approaches to ending security threats to peace, particularly gangsterism, cultism and other crimes perpetrated by a new violent group in the State capital – Sara Suka.
These threats if unchecked could sabotage existing peace efforts thus prolonging violent conflicts in the State, Lengmang said.
PPBA exists to coordinate the activities of both state and non-state actors to resolve old conflicts and prevent new ones from happening and promote a stable and prosperous society, he said.