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How Community Policing Would End Plateau Farmers/Herders Conflicts....

How  Community policing would end Plateau farmers / Herders conflicts

March 5,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Critical Stakeholders in Plateau state have expressed confidence that  community policing would play a role in ending conflicts between farmers and herders in Plateau

Plateau State widely acclaimed as the “Home of Peace and Tourism”; also prides itself as the “home for all” because people of diverse nationalities and religions are resident in the State which is blessed with various tourism sites and spectacular scenery

Siraj Bello   a herder from Bokkos local government of the state who spoke to our Correspondent said  he is confident that community policing would put an end to farmers / herders conflict .

Bello  said there was a need for community policing  to be established fully to help reduce conflicts between farmers and herders in Plateau  .

He sued for peace saying that  herders are determined to stay peacefully with farmers in the state , he  said  for their efforts in ensuring lasting peace
i am confident that the proposed moves for  community policing  would end farmers / herders conflict in Plateau .

A farmers in the state  Maltus Gyang ,said community policing   would improve  relationship between farmers and herders  in Plateau State,
peace is Priceless , we need to stay peacefully with one another

'There is the need to  strengthen the state’s security outfit, Operation Rainbow, preparatory to the commencement of community policing in the state,  the capacity of operatives of the task force should also  be built so that the neighborhood watch component of it could be a visible channel for intelligence gathering and response in order to end farmers / herders conflict in Plateau ."

it could be recalled that recently the  Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong  inaugurated the technical committee for the domestication of community  policing framework in the state .

 Speaking at the occasion in Jos , Governor Lalong said
his desire is  to explore ways towards undertaking a wholistic overview of the prevailing security challenges in the State, with specific reference to a community-policing model that can better respond to public safety and security.

In his words "After frank, open and solution-driven interaction that involved resource persons, heads of security agencies, Community and Traditional Rulers, the meeting came up with far reaching recommendations, among other things, participants agreed that Community Policing as a veritable security option should be pursued at all levels, while Operation Rainbow should be strengthened to be a visible channel for intelligence gathering and response.

"Most importantly, the communique recommended the setting up of a Technical Committee by Government to harmonise the presentations and evolve a more sustainable Community Policing Framework for immediate implementation in the State."

He said the  terms of reference of the Technical Committee is to develop a framework for the domestication and implementation of Community Policing Model in ways that align, compliment or strengthens Operation Rainbow and other Community Security outfits such as Vigilante and Neighbourhood Watch Groups.

Lalong further called on the members of the committee to determine the organizational structure in terms of composition and roles at the State, Local Government, Districts, and Community levels respectively as well as outline and suggest funding modalities to ensure sustainability of the framework.

He charged members of the committee  to  develop clear and coherent framework and guidelines for the operation of Community Policing in Plateau and to come up with any other recommendation that will ensure the effective implementation of Community Policing as a credible alternative to the conventional security approaches to the problem of insecurity in Plateau State.

"We have to be ahead of the criminals that seem bent on testing the resolve of Government by evolving new strategies that are grassroots-based and capable of putting them out of business."

" Government shall provide all that you need to enable you carry out this assignment effectively. Therefore, I urge you to be objective and put the interest of our State above any other consideration."

 Our correspondent reports that in January 2020  , two communities one in Mangu and Bokkos local government areas of Plateau witnessed violence leading to the death of some persons .

Mancha Kwamp a farmer in Plateau state who also spoke to our correspondent  commended Plateau Stakeholders and the state government for adopting ranching and for  inaugurating the technical committee for the domestication of community  policing framework in the state .

He expressed confidence that lasting peace would be restored to the state soon  .

I commend  Plateau State for the  process of implementing the National Livestock Transformation Program (NLTP) with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with two companies that will begin operations at the Wase and Kanam Grazing Reserves.

I believe that  this would create Jobs as well as address the farmer herder conflicts .

 Another farmer  Markus Titius  said  I am in support of community policing as it would help reduce conflicts between farmers and herders ,We need to stay peacefully with one another .

Our correspondent reports that to  tackle conflicts between Farmers / Herders , Plateau State recently  began the process of implementing the National Livestock Transformation Program (NLTP) with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with
Speaking  during the signing of the MOU at the Government House Rayfield-Jos  recently  Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong expressed delight that the initiative is gradually becoming a reality after the initial setbacks occasioned by misinformation, politicization and skepticism that drew unnecessary resistance. "
He said through robust engagement, enlightenment and dialogue, the earlier fears were dispelled leading to the acceptance of the program by both farmers, pastoralists and businessmen.
He said "when the NLTP was initiated, it was erroneously misinterpreted by those who wanted to play politics and discredit it. I told my people that as their Governor, I can never bring anything that will cause them pain and poverty. Because I was in the NLTP Committee, I understood clearly that Plateau State will not only benefit from it, but will use it to create jobs and address the farmer herder Conflict which almost destroyed the peace of our peace ".
"After the engagement with stakeholders, people embraced it because it is business. It has nothing to do with ethnicity, religion or tribe.

He said the State which is among the five selected  for the pilot phase will benefit from the 15 billion that has been earmarked, using a purely private sector led template.
Senior Special Assistant Assistant to the President on agriculture and coordinator of the NLTP Andrew Kwasari said the programme has a lot of benefits to the country as it is comprehensive enough to cover all those involved in the Livestock industry with value chain addition.

The Secretary to the Government of the State Prof. Danladi Abok Atu signed on behalf of the State Government while representatives of Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Ltd. and Integrated Diaries signed for their companies.

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