Lawmaker wants adequate security over communal clashes in Gombe



Following reoccurrence of communal clashes and land disputes that had claimed lives in Kaltungo, Shongom and Billiri local councils in Gombe State, government has been called upon to reinforce security in the areas.

The state House of Assembly member representing Billiri East Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Land and Water Resources, Mr. Rambi Ibrahim Ayala, who made the call under matters of urgent public importance during the House sitting yesterday in Gombe, sought demarcation of boundaries as well as reinforcement of security in the affected communities with a view to ensuring lasting solution to the lingering intra-boundary conflicts among various ethnic nationalities in the area.

According to him, despite the relative peace enjoyed by the people in the state irrespective of their diverse background, communal clashes in south senatorial district of the state has continued to rear its ugly head leading to many loss of lives, thereby disrupting economic activities in these areas.

He said: “We have a responsibility to our young ebullient and dynamic state to serve as a fountain that will quench the ravaging conflagration of ethnic strife in our dear state, as we are all aware that unresolved land/boundary disputes in some parts of the state have given rise to skirmishes as recently witnessed among inhabitants of Kaltungo, Shongom and Billiri local councils which has led to unavoidable loss of lives and property.

Ayala urged the House to send delegation to the affected communities as well as mobilise elders of the communities to sue for peace as well as speak to the people on the need to eschew violence and maintain law and order, adding that such effort would go a long way in curbing the problem as well as accord the people the leverage to go on with their normal activities and contribute to the economic development of the state.

He said the efforts of the state government under the present administration in tackling insecurity and enshrining the culture of peaceful co-existence in the state could not be over-emphasised.

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