Int’l Day of Peace: Taraba NSCDC resolve over 200 cases out of court
By Christiana Babayo.
The Taraba State Chapter of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,NSCDC, said it has resolved over 200 cases out of court between May and September 2023.
The Commandant of the Corps, Adamu Salihu made this known during the Lecture and Peace walk held in the state capital to commemorate the 2023 International Day of Peace.
According to the Commandant, the Command has never relented in it’s effort to ensure that there is peaceful coexistence among people in the state, hence their participation in this year’s Peace Day.
“A lot of cases come that should have gone to court but through mediation and dialogue we were able to resolve 213 cases between May and Saturday.
“These cases involve both individuals and groups and it cuts across the state, which include communal clashes, land matters among others and after resolution they have gone back to their communities peacefully. ”
In line with this year’s theme “Action for Peace: Our Ambitions for Global Goal”, the lecture was delivered by Prof Julius Ngomba of the Taraba state University shortly before the peace walk.
In his lecture, Prof Julius emphasized that the best way to achieve and maintained peace is when there is good governance, sound business environment, equitable distribution of resources, dialogue, collaboration and mediation between the people.
Speaking to newsmen at the event, the State Project Coordinator, Search for Common Ground, Mr Dubi Sonam said it is imperative for the SFCG and it partners to commemorate the day because it is line with the core aim of the project.
He said Search For Common Ground is trying to bridge the gap between groups who are at loggerheads with each other and the international Day of Peace avails them another opportunity to actually preach peace to people not just in Taraba, but across the world.
The Project Manager of COMITAS II, Chorbe Joshua, who added that the global goal is not farfetched from what Search for Common Ground is doing, stressed that the project takes advantage of such days to continue their advocacy for peace around the world and try to shape the way the people deal with conflicts.
Also speaking, the Chairman,Peace Architecture Dialogue (PAD) Dr Joseph M Lucas said, the reason we don’t have peace is because of injustice, inequality and unfairness resulting from people thinking that they are above the law.
“We need an inner search, we need to ask ourselves if we are doing right by the nation, the people and the future, when we answer then we will know that we need sincere dialogue. Where we can bring all issues to the table without diplomacy because diplomacy will leave you injured.
“We must address injustice, unfairness and institutions of the nations must been beefed up so that they can assert their authority and make us a decent citizens” He advised.
Dr Lucas applauded the turnout and the peaceful exercise, while encouraging all to maintain the spirit whenever the need arises as the pursuit for peace will continue until the desired result is obtained.