(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – As part of its efforts to prevent conflicts and build peace, the Sokoto State Government has disclosed that it was constructing a dam at Kamarawa village to encourage farming and animal rearing among repentant bandits.
This was made public by the Commissioner for Career and Security Matters, retired Col. Garba Moyi, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto, where he pointed out that the Kamarawa Dam, which is located in Isa Local Government Area, one of the hotbeds of violence in the eastern part of the state, was strategic.
According to Moyi, some groups of bandits, mostly youths had renounced their membership of some gangs, consequent to series of consultations and engagements initiated by the state government, and some of these former gang members had commenced farming activities across Sabon Birni, Isa, Goronyo, and environs, through the assistance of the state government.
The commissioner, while saying that the measure was part of governmen’t efforts to check the activities of armed bandits and other criminal elements in the region, added that the peacemaking measures initiated by the state government accounted for the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state, as cases of kidnapping, killings and other acts of violence hand reduced drastically.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: As the saying goes, “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, thus, the Kamarawa Dam project, when completed, will be a major boost to the state government’s peace building efforts as it will encourage repentant members of violent groups in the state to go into farming rather than engaging in crime and violence.