By Ogar Monday
The Foundation for Partnership in the Niger Delta (PIND) an organization, working with Partners to build peace and equitable economic development in the region has described Calabar South, Calabar Municipal and Odukpani as Local Government areas in Cross River State with the highest occurrence of conflicts and the areas with most casualties.
The organization also identified Bakassi, Obubra and Yakurr as areas with flashpoints and accompanying casualties, with Biase, Obudu and Abi as areas with lesser crisis and less causalities than the above mentioned local Government areas.
The information was part of the presentation on the Trends of Conflicts/crisis and violence in Cross River State by the Team Lead, Peace building of the organization in its 2nd Niger Delta Peace and Security Working group meeting held in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
Wodu stated that this crisis included communal clashes, cult and gang violence, all which have negative effect on both citizens and residents of the state and their means of livelihood.
Wodu concluded that saying that there is need for the government and peace builders to sensitize communities on the importance of reporting issues to prevent escalation,” “partner with CSO’s to target implementation efforts of specific conflicts situations”, and to “build capacities of local actors to analyze and respond to emerging conflicts situations.”
On his part, Mr. Charles Effiong a member of Partners For Peace(P4P) Central Working Committee said that there isneed for inter-agency collaboration among security forces to present a stronger front in the prevention of crisis and to avoid intra-force crisis like that which claimed the lives of three person recently in Calabar.
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