Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, has stated that his administration is committed to peaceful coexistence and the protection of human rights, for the future of the State and Nigeri as a whole.
Alia stated this at the Benue State Government House on Thursday, during the occasion of the 2023 International Day of Peace.
The Governor who described peace as not merely the absence of conflict, but the presence of harmony, understanding, and justice, explained that his administration has institutionalized a framework to support peace-building and peace enforcement initiatives in the state.
Alia said that, he has been interfacing with a plethora of local and international organisations, including agencies of the UN, with the aim of establishing a robust foundation for peace in the state.
"My administration has equally strengthened the state’s Commission for Peace and Reconciliation, to serve as the main instrument for the actualization of the peace framework, adding that several peace initiatives, including that of creating the right atmosphere for the return and resettlement of internally displaced persons in the state as well as ways of reducing violent conflicts are been considered.
"Traditional rulers and Community Based Organizations, as well as other critical stakeholders in peacebuilding have all been carried along in the efforts to foster peace in the State.
"Keen attention has been given to conflict hotspots in Ukum, Oju, Konshisha and Gwer as well as at border areas such as Ebonyi and Cross River, in order to create an environment conducive for growth and development.
While commending President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for working assiduously with relevant partners and stakeholders with the aim of ensuring peace in Nigeria, the governor called on the international community to lend their invaluable support to the State, through technical expertise, financial contributions as well as by sharing best practices that will not only resolve conflicts in the state and country, but will also prevent their recurrence.