My Govt Is Committed To Peace Building In Adamawa – Bindow

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By TINA  PHINEAS, Yola
Governor Muhammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State has reiterated his administration’s commitment to peace realization and sustenance.
Bindow made the promise when he received a delegation from Search For Common Ground (SFCG), at the Council Chamber of the Government house.
  He commended the body for doing a good job to ensure peace and assured them of government support.
Bindow suggested to SFCG to consider relocating it’s headquarter in the zone to Adamawa to enable it adequately actualize its mandate of ensuring peace among crisis ravaged communities.
The governor also advised them to involve traditional and religious leaders, who have the respect of the people in the deliberations on peace building among communities.
Earlier, the  Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Umar Buba Bindir, explained that government have documented a more coordinated platform that enables traditional rulers to report to government and relevant agencies on activities going on in their localities.
 He said these efforts could be complimented through further training and awareness by the NGO and urged them to assist in that regard.
 Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Comrade Ahmed  Sajoh, said recently the state government has participated in a conference that brought stakeholders together on early warning organized by SFCG in Maiduguri.
 He maintained that government intend to expand beyond the Maiduguri conference to establish a situation room to enable government respond to early warnings.
 Speaking earlier, Head of North East Office of Search For Common Ground, Mr. Cleto Manjova, who briefed the governor on the existence of the body, said the body has its headquarters in Brussels and operates in thirty five other countries.
Manjova told the governor that the body is working in nine local government areas of Adamawa to establish platform for early warning and early response adding that in 2016 in Girei a pact was signed by the district head and others to check and prevent farmer/herder clash in the area.
  He requested the state government to establish early warning mechanism to end violent conflict as well as put in place a department to deal with peace building.

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