Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
District heads and traditional rulers of communities in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) yesterday dialogued on bolstering security and peace of the people in the council.
The dialogue held in the Council Secretariat in Area 10 Garki-Abuja, was a tripartite meeting between the community leaders, AMAC Committee on peace and unity and authorities of the council, as part of proactive measures to foster peace.
Our correspondent reports that stakeholders discussed the issue of disharmony and Boundary disputes that affect communities within AMAC and Neighbouring Nasarawa State.
PeoplesDaily reports that this step taken was on the heels of the rising and security challenges in the FCT.
In his opening remarks, AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, opined that it was transparent discourse on finding lasting solutions to the lingering problems facing the people.
Candido said in order to achieve lasting peace and unity, there is need to always interface with custodians of our heritage and culture
He recalled the mayhem that heralded the 2017 Christmas celebrations Bwari Area Council, which he said has since taken sleep away from eyes of the people and government.
To this end, he called on all and sundry to redouble efforts at promoting peaceful coexistence among the people, in order to overcome security challenges in AMAC and FCT at large.
According to him, the most important capital project in the council is building peace and tranquility, in the absence of which there can’t be any development.
The AMAC boss sued for more respect for hierarchy of traditional institutions in the council, as it will engender more value and cohesion for the establishments.
He however warned traditional rulers aiding and abating criminalities within their domains to desist from such acts, as the council cannot tolerate them any longer.
He stressed that the Council leadership will partner with FCTA to ensure stiff actions are taken against community leaders, who either fails to foil crisis, abates or aides criminalities within their domains.
Similarly, Chairman, AMAC Unity Committee, John Bawa, said stakeholders must ensure that they do the needful, to bring about peace and unity in the society.
He noted that the committee had been doing a lot to broker and promote peace in the council, by ensuring quick interventions in communities having disputes.
He disclosed that some traditional institutions in AMAC have already replicated the committee in different forms within their domains, to foster peace.
He advised parents and others to be proactive in resolving societal challenges in homes and communities.
Furthermore, he opined that boundary adjustment remains critical and long overdue in the council, to promote peaceful coexistence among communities in the area and others in Neighbouring Nasarawa State.
Also, speaking, the chairman of Amac Village Heads, Chief Bawa, who said the timing of the dialogue was apt, commended and described the AMAC Chairman as a Chairman among other council chairmen in the FCT and Nigeria at large.
Bawa who assured the Council of their unconditional support, also pleaded on behalf of the village heads for forgiveness and clemency for any wrongdoing while discharging their responsibilities to the people.
Contributing also, chairman, AMAC District Heads, Jacob Garki, reiterated the importance of peace and unity to the progress and development of the society.
He called on community leaders to always live by example, so as to encourage their subjects to do likewise.
He commended the AMAC Unity Committee for ‘a job well done so far, in the discharge of its objective.’