By PALANG KASMI

The Plateau state Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has pledged to commence economic re-integration of youths who have voluntarily surrendered their arms to the authorities

He disclosed this Thursday, February 6, 2020, during the Pilot Special Community Driven Arms Recovery and Rehabilitation Pilot Programme, held at Langtang North Local Government Area (LGA), Plateau state.

At the forum, over 2000 individuals from Langtang North and Langtang South LGA’s  willingly surrendered their arms.

Recalling the recent security challenges in Mangu and Bokkos LGA’s of the state, Lalong said he addressed stakeholders and directed that those who committed these crimes must be arrested and prosecuted, and already, the police have made arrests and investigation is on-going on the matter”

While decrying the high rate of insecurity in the state, the Governor said, the next step of finding a permanent solution to the challenges is the establishment of community policing.

While calling on all stakeholders in the state to support the initiative, the Governor said a Technical Committee, as recommended by the dialogue, will be set up soon by Government to find ways of setting up the community policing framework the state.

He appreciated those who voluntarily turned in their arms in the two Local governments stating further that all the positive gains recorded can be easily wiped out if economic reintegration does not follow immediately, because when former militants remain impoverished, then they are likely to return to their old ways”.

In his welcome address, The Chairman, Langtang North LGA, Hon. Laven Ubandoma Joshua said the success recorded was made possible with the support of traditional leaders, community leaders and religious bodies

Explaining the strategies used to record the success story that led to the voluntary surrender of arms by the youths, the Madakin Langtang, Daniel Bontur and also the chairman of the committee of arms recovery said the use of persuasion and advocacy was used as strategy

Domtur disclosed that while the formation of the committee had members drawn from the LGA different social and religious groups, there was initial resistance by the youths which was later stepped down after diplomacy approaches and assurances for their safety was given”.

The Governor equally used the opportunity to inspect ongoing road projects at Gazum and Zamko where he urged the contractors to hasten their work to meet up the stipulated deadline.

 

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