NGO resolves 90 per cent of conflicts in 3 Plateau LGAs

NGO resolves 90 per cent of conflicts in 3 Plateau LGAs

The Justice Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC) an NGO under the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, said on Friday it had resolved most of the 93 cases of disputes recorded in three local governments in Plateau.

Mr Eugene Seidu, Project Manager, JDPC, said 90 per cent of the cases had been resolved.

The manger, who made the disclosure in Jos during a workshop organised by the NGO in partnership with the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, said the cases were in three local government areas of the Plateau.

He explained that Bokkos Local Government had 42 cases, Wase had 23 while Jos North recorded 28.

“In the three years that we have worked with these local governments on the Plateau, we have recorded 93 disputes in the three local governments we are working with and have resolved over 90 percent of the disputes.

“Most of the disputes were bordered on the sharing of natural resources such as land ownership, grazing, inheritance, water, mining and boundary disputes.

“For Bokkos it has shown that 92 percent of the cases were resolved, Wase 88 percent of the cases were resolved while Jos North recorded 76 percent success.

“In all, we can say we have recorded over 90 percent success,” the manager said.

Seidu said that the NGO, in its bid to check disputes in the communities, had set up 14 dialogue committees since 2014 in the three local areas to mediate during clashes.

According to him, community members now report cases of disputes to the dialogue committees and the effort has drastically reduced violence in the local governments.

Seidu noted that conflicts over natural resources is very complex and suggested visible collaboration between government and communities, to reduce violent clashes.

He said, even though crisis is inevitable, they can be resolved and managed if the right and proper approach was taken.

The manager also recommended the replication of the project in other local governments of the state due to the huge success recorded in the three local governments.

Seidu stressed the need for government to sensitise communities on laws guiding natural resources, and new laws and agreements at state and local government levels.

Mr Emmanuel Olaniran, a representative of the NSRP at the conference, identified climate change as one of the key factors driving conflict in Nigeria.

Olaniran explained that because of the shrinking natural resources caused by climate change and with a growing population, clashes occur when communities try to share depleting natural resources.

He also identified, drug abuse, youth unemployment, and unrevised policies as drivers of violence around shared natural resources.

He however said that NSRP had intervened in the area of advocacy to stimulate dialogue among contending communities.

Olaniran said that the programme has also provided a 3-year grant to JDPC, to help curb conflict in Bokkos, Wase and Jos North.

He added that the result of the partnership was in preventing and resolving over 30 violent conflicts within the three local governments.

The official sought for closer working relationship with legislators to facilitate policy changes that would better address issue and manage conflicts across the country.

Olaniran said that the programme would continue to partner and support the JDPC in a bid to mitigate drivers of conflicts in Plateau. (NAN)

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