Taraba State government moves to end Mambilla crisis
The Taraba State Governor, Darius D. Ishaku, has inaugurated a committee to end the Mambilla crisis.
It is made up of various ethnic groups in the Mambilla Plateau, in Sardauna Local Council Area of the state.
The Chief of Mambilla, Mohammad Baju, chairs the committee with representatives from the Mambilla, Fulani, Kaka, Kambu, Panso and Igbo tribes living on the plateau.
Ishaku urged the committee to dialogue with the relevant stakeholders to bring lasting peace, following the clashes that have rocked the area.
A constitution was drafted for the committee after an emergency meeting with the stakeholders from Sardauna council area.
The governor told journalists that the result of the committee would lead to a permanent resolution of the crisis.
He said while the committee was expected to come out with ways of restoring peace in the area, another committee on truth and reconciliation would also be established.
He said the committee would be charged with the responsibility of ensuring a genuine reconciliation among the people and promoting mutual trust and peaceful coexistence.
Condemning the wanton destruction of lives and property on the Mambilla Plateau, Ishaku enjoined the people to bury their hatchets and embrace peace.
According to him: “The meeting is expedient, considering the importance that this administration attaches to peace and development where all citizens would have a say at all times.
“Sardauna local government is not only strategic to the state, but to the entire country considering the enormous potential that abounds in the area, especially in agriculture, tourism.”
He urged the people to avoid violence so that the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power station could start smoothly.
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