By Stanley Onyekwere
In furtherance of its resolve to ensure the safety of lives and property, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through the Department of Security Services have engaged stakeholders in Kawu Gracing Reserve, Bwari Area Council.
Our correspondent reports that FCTA officials and stakeholders met on Tuesday, at the Bwari Secretariat to seek an amicable resolution to the age long dispute of Kawus Gracing Reserve through dialogue. Representatives of the Police, Civil Defense amongst others attended the meeting.
Addressing stakeholders, Mrs. Ebele Molokwu, Deputy Director, Personnel Management, who represented the Director, Department of Security Services said the FCT administration is desirous of a safe and secure Territory where all residents co- exist peacefully.
Molukwu called on the community to embrace dialogue, because communication is an essential part of Conflict resolution.
The FCTA secribe thanked the Executive Chairman of Bwari Area Council, John Gabaya for hosting the meeting, and called for support to ensure an amicable and lasting solution to the reoccurring crises.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Bwari Area Council Chairman, represented by the Vice Chairman, Aminu Gumel said they were excited that the FCT has taken up the issue of Kawu Gracing Reserve crises with all the seriousness it deserves.
He therefore urged the representatives of the three tribes resident in Kawu; the Gbagys, Koros and Fulanis to be open to the peace process being initiated by the administration.
Also speaking, the representative of the FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Ngozi Ogbo, said peace is paramount to our existence.
According to her, without peace there cannot be progress, and when there is no progress people cannot enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Ogbo said the Kawu Gracing Reserve is meant to give rise to progress in the Community and its environs.
Mrs Umma Abubakar from Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), explained the economic importance of having a Grazing Reserve and how it will be beneficial to all residents.
Abubakar said Livestock Centers provide a major business opportunity that will boost productivity and stop incessant clashes between Farmers and herders.
Noting that the Kawu Gracing Reserves will have infrastructure like Schools, Clinics, livestock Market, said: “it is a symbiotic relationship where both farmers and herders are expected to benefit.”
On his part, the Hakimi, Padan Gwari, Ezekiel Baba said the Gbagys are predominantly farmers, who need to know the extent of the Grazing Reserve and Government’s plan for those whose farm land and houses fall within the area earmarked for grazing.
Not left out, Mallam Salisu Galadinma who represented the Koros said their only concern is for government to compensate them for the land, while the representative of the fulanis said even though their is a signboard announcing the Grazing area.
He said Government should let the people know demarcation between the Farm lands and grazing routes, as it is up to government to show the way forward.
Furthermore, a representative of the Department of Urban And Regional Planning, Mr Seyonga Audu disclosed that the planing of the Grazing Reserve is still in progress and we require the input of the Community for a detailed planning.
Similarly, Mr. Dayan Dazang of Resettlement And Compensation Department said currently, compensation cannot be said to have been carried out.
Dazang explained that it is after planning, survey and mapping are through with their work that the process of taking inventory and enumeration will begin, which will enable them know those that are eligible for compensation.
The Estu of Bwari, His Royal Highness, Ibrahim Yero called on the FCT Administration to identify the demarcation between the Grazing routes and Farm lands, pay compensation and everything will be alright.
The Monarch said: “We are brothers with the Fulanis. I am assuring the Government that we will convene another meeting to brief our people the outcome of this meeting and ensure that everyone maintains peace while waiting for government to conclude work on the area.”
There were representatives of The Police, Civil Defense and Department Of State Security Service at the stakeholders meeting.