The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Nasarawa State, has called on farmers and herders to embrace dialogue to address conflicts.
Its Divisional Officer at Nasarawa Eggon, Mr Daniel Noah, said yesterday that this was the approach to promote peace for development to thrive.
He made the call in a paper entitled: “Causes of conflicts and solutions’’ which he presented at a meeting with traditional rulers, farmers, herders and some other stakeholders.
He said that the importance of peace to human and societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need for the sensitisation.
The official said that the sensitisation was in line with the directive of the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Abbas Mohammed.
“This forum is to educate the people of this area, particularly farmers and herders to know why it is not good to live in conflict.
“It is to educate you on the importance of living in peace because peace is priceless and it is the necessary requirement for the development of any society,’’ he said.
Noah assured of NSCDC’s continued readiness to collaborate with traditional rulers, the local government council and other people to promote peace in the area.
In his remarks, Executive Chairman of Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Council, Mr Danlami Idris, appreciated the NSCDC for organising the sensitisation.
Idris, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Ben Manga, assured the people of the area of the council’s continued commitment to ensure peaceful co-existence among the people.
Also addressing the meeting, Dr Bala Abaine Angbazo, the Aren Eggon, urged the people of the area to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their affiliations.
The first class traditional ruler, who was represented by the District Head of Alizaga, Mr Sule Andah, also called on farmers and herders not to take the laws into their hands in times of conflicts.
He charged both groups to always respect constituted authorities for peace to reign.
The forum had in attendance farmers, herders and members of the community.