Mr Stuart Symington, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, has commended Plateau Government’s efforts towards restoring peace to the crises-ridden state.
Symington, who spoke on Tuesday in Jos, at the beginning of high level dialogue on justice and security, promised that his country would support the efforts toward permanent peace in the north-central state.
The dialogue was organised by the West Africa Network for Peace Building, in partnership with the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA), with the support of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
“We are happy to note that government has restored peace and is providing developmental projects to boost economic activities and deepen the peace,” he said.
He said that peace was a vital path to be visited constantly, to achieve development.
“Peace brings bonds between citizens and nation; between citizens and the future and between citizens and security. It is fundamental and it is time for us all to continue to embrace peace,” he said.
He said that the US would continue to support peace initiatives, especially in the area of dialogue.
Gov. Simon Lalong, in a brief speech, restated his commitment to nurturing the peace so far achieved.
“If we can achieve full peace, we shall truly lay claim to being the Home of Peace and Tourism,” he said.
Mr Joseph Lengmang, Diretor General, PPBA, said that the dialogue was expected to come out with resolutions that would address the needs of the Plateau people, especially their desire for a peaceful state with opportunities for all.
Lengmang said that the peace agency, established by Lalong, had yielded much fruit as it had engaged all stakeholders and brought them together toward making Plateau a safe haven for all.
Mrs Bridget Osakwe, National Network Coordinator of WANEP Nigeria, in a remark, said that WANEP and USIP were working to promote trust-building and collaborative problem-solving strategies between security services and selected communities.
“The goal is to improve relationships between citizens and security providers and improve their collective abilities to jointly identify and address local security issues through transparent and participatory reform processes,” she said. (NAN)