By Julius Kezy, Kafanchan
Stakeholders in crisis prone communities in Kachia and Zangon Kataf local government areas of Kaduna State have resolved to champion the course of peaceful co-existence between herdsmen and farmers.
The resolution was taken during a one day local community dialogue organized on Friday and Saturday by a non-governmental organization (NGO), Search for Common Ground.
Speaking in an interview with pressmen in Zonkwa, Mr. Tabat Baba, an official of Search For Common Ground said the workshops has exposed participants to true realities on the need to value and respect people, “particularly herdsmen and farmers should value each other”.
According to Mr. Baba, “the workshop afforded participants the opportunity to identify and adopt best cultural ways of resolving conflict amicably, which will go a long way to fostering lasting love, friendship and tolerance for an enduring peaceful co-existence that will enhance progress”
Issues tackled and solutions proffered for implementation at the workshop were “destruction of crops by herdsmen, children’s grazing of cows, instead of adults, sale of cow dung, building/ farming on grazing routes and human right abuse.
Others issues and solutions provided at the workshops were, lack of trust/ unity; lawlessness, jungle justice and reprisal.
Mr Baba explained that the essence of the workshops was geared towards
institutionalizing” the bottom-up approach in which stake holders at the community level would use cross-cultural ways to resolve conflict non-violently, devoid of outside influence, for an enduring legacy for future generations.
Also Speaking, one of the participants, the women development officer,
Zangon Kataf local government area, Mrs Paulina Kayit, commended Search For Common Ground for organizing the workshop, which she said has broadened their knowledge on best conflict management strategies, and assured proper utilization of the Knowledge in promoting peace and progress in their homes and communities.