The pockets of conflicts recorded in some parts of Taraba State have necessitated the Taraba Independent Peace Committee, in partnership with the Kuka Centre Secretariat of the National Peace Committee and UNESCO, to organize a two-day summit with the theme: “In Search of Peace, Unity, and Reconciliation among Communities in Taraba State.”
Speaking at the event held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre event hall in Jalingo, Prof. Talla Ngarka, the Chairman of the Taraba State Independent Peace Committee, says the threat posed by conflicts requires a holistic approach for peace to be restored in the state.
Ngarka explained that the summit was organized to address violence associated with elections in the state.
“Other factors that contribute to heightened conflict in the state are influx of migrant herders in search of grazing land, displacement of people from their Communities, population expansion, encroachment on grazing routes, and chieftaincy tussles,” he said.
Dr. Joseph Gimba, the Taraba State Chairman of Civil Society Organizations, stressed the need for the state Ministry of Information and Reorientation to enlighten the public on the government’s policies and programs.
Participants were drawn from Traditional Rulers, Religious leaders, Security heads, Women and youth groups, People with Disability organizations, and Civil Society groups among others.
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