From Gyang Bere, Jos
Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence and Senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang has said that violence is not an option to peaceful resolution of dispute, saying efforts being made towards resettling internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Plateau communities is yielding desired result.
Sen. Gyang disclosed this on Thursday during the resettlement of inhabitant of Jong community in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, who were attacked and displaced in 2025 to their ancestral land.
The Lawmaker who provided roofing materials, cement, doors and windows for the reconstruction of over 38 new houses, called for better understanding among the inhabitants of the area for a peaceful co-existence to avoid a repeat of the ugly incident in the future.
He commended Federal Government initiative on the rebuilding of 500 housing units across displaced communities in the country and urged government to look the way of Plateau State where several households have been displaced and communities destroyed.
“This peace that has become is priceless, let us not resort to violence as a way of resolving our dispute. Violence should never be an opinion to resolving disputes, anytime you have an issue, dialogue is a platform to which you can always resolve your issues peacefully.”
The Senator who provided grains for the returned community for ease of life also commissioned clinic in Lobiring, a neighboring community to provide health care services to the people and commissioned power transformer to upgrade power supply to Gassa and Model Town Hall Heipang communities respectively.
He appreciated the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major Gen. Ibrahim Ali for playing a commendable role by providing adequate security, Solar light and Motorized borehole to provide portable water for the people.
The Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Ibrahim Ali said the return of Jong community to its ancestral land was a model for other displaced persons to consider returning to their original lands, while promising to provide the needed support for this to be achieved.
General Ali informed the gathering that the unfortunate incident that led to the displacement of the community had long been addressed through different means championed by relevant authorities in the corridor of peace.
He further announced the deployment of armed personnel on guard to protect Jong community and neighboring communities from any external aggression and threats.
Gen. Ali said strong security measures have been put in place to ensure no community within OPSH Joint Operations Area is attacked or displaced again.
He commended the efforts of the 36-man peace committee set up to recommend modalities to achieve reconciliation between warring tribes/communities and the board constituted for the safe return of IDPs to their original homes.
The Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, represented by Dagwom Rwey of Jos South, Da Nga Dangyang, Justice Longji Daniel (Rtd) and other dignitaries, said it was a joyful thing that the people have gained the trust of security agencies and are coming back home after being displaced for seven years.
The Commander Sector 4 OPSH, Colonel Danjuma Abdulsalam, said the 2015 and 2018 crises in Plateau state produced many Internally Displaced Persons scattered in various camps, with some living with family members under harsh condition.
He expressed gratitude to the Commander OPSH for showing compassion to the plights of the displaced people of Jong community and other communities planning to return to their original homes.
The Sector 4 Commander appealed to government at all levels and individuals to assist displaced persons in building their ravaged homes and provide basic amenities to aid their safe return.