Kaduna State Peace Commission says major cities and conflict prone areas have not witnessed violent conflict throughout the year.
The Chairman of the Commission, Idowu Feron made this known to journalists at a press briefing in Kaduna.
He expressed joy over the significant progress that had been recorded in deescalating the drivers of violence in all parts of the state.
According to him, the major cities consist of Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan while the conflict prone areas are Sanga, Kajuru, Igabi Chikun.
He appealed to the media to help in publicising the activities of the Commission so that the people of the State will be aware of its existence and use it to report threats to peace, security and for harmonious coexistence.
He stated that currently, efforts are ongoing to address the grievances driving the conflicts and initiatives to sustain peace and strengthen harmonious relations are being vigorously pursued.
Idowu Feron thanked all reliable partners of the Commission in its drive to support and strengthen social harmony and peaceful coexistence in the state.
“I wish to acknowledge the consistent efforts of the Kaduna State Government, under the leadership of Nasir El-Rufa’i towards peace building and working with diverse stakeholders at local, national and international levels”.
According to him “over the years the administration has demonstrated consistent commitment to reversing the spate of violent conflicts and restoring the State to its known culture of peace, security and progressive development.
Idowu Feron noted that as part of the efforts, the State Government has invested heavily in human capital and infrastructure development, while
streamlining the structures of governance for effective service delivery and performance.
He added that the Commission in the pursuit for peace and social harmony, has engaged in dialogue with everybody, listening to all parties and groups, while responding to the concerns, worries and needs of citizens.
While thanking the Government of Norway and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for its support for the establishment of an ICT-based Conflict Early Warning and Early Response System (CEWERS), Idowu said: “The CEWERS is equipped with state of the art facilities that provide a platform for citizens to communicate and report incidences and threats to peace”.
He added that the platform receives messages through verbal, short message service commonly known as SMS or text message, email, mobile app and web portal
He further appreciated the security agencies for their timely response and intervention in stemming violence.
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