Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCTA task community leaders on sustainable peace

Community leaders within the six Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory have been asked to promote peaceful co-existence and eschew all actions capable of creating confusion and chaos among residents.

The Acting Secretary of the FCT Area Councils Services Secretariat, ACSS, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, who gave the charge at a media briefing, said government had made enormous commitment to achieve the level of peace being enjoyed in the territory and would not allow individuals or groups to truncate it.

Olanipekun therefore warned all contenders of chieftaincy stools to follow recommended guidelines to ensure that public peace was sustained, stressing that grassroot development cannot be achieved in an atmosphere of conflict and social disharmony.

She further disclosed that the secretariat has been involved in chieftaincy stools dispute resolution in several communities, with the aim of ensuring security for all residents.

According to her, the Secretariat has continued to ensure that even dispute between herders and farmers were amicably resolved in good time to avoid escalation.

She also stressed that sensitization campaign has been regularly organised across the 62 Wards within the Area Councils, to create synergy with all relevant stakeholders.

She noted that some of the communal disputes the Secretariat has resolved include “problems between Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and Chief of Petti in Kwali Area Council, the settlement of tussle over leadership of district head between Laura royal family in Abaji Area Council and Kopati royal family in Niger state.”

Others include, “settlement of district head stools contending camps in Gauba community in Kuje Area Council, resolution of disagreement between the youths of Gbaygi community and Ebira people in Peyi, Bwari Area Council.”

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