Group Calls for Speedy Passage of Anti-Land Grabbing Law
By Ralph Madugu
The Nigerian League of Women Voters (NgLOWV) has called on the Plateau State House of Assembly to speed up the passage of the anti-land grabbing bill which prohibits the forceful occupation of land by armed persons so as to check the menace of robbery, kidnapping, cultism and violence.
Addressing journalists in Jos, the group’s Plateau State Chairperson, Hon. Lynda Barau Alhamdu added that the law would protect citizens and secure their ancestral lands.
She explained that as a voluntary, non-sectarian and non-profit association, NgLOWV was committed to empowering women without recourse to race, nationality, colour or religion and praised government’s efforts towards strengthening and deepening peace in the state.
“The League (NgLOWV) in collaboration with other NGOs on the Plateau support in totality all resolutions reached and stand in solidarity with the state in building confidence and finding acceptable ways of incorporating community participation in the present security architectural framework in the state,” she stated.
While backing the initiative of North-Central states governors towards establishing a community policing framework to confront the insecurity threatening Plateau and the corporate existence of Nigeria, the group commended the Plateau State Government for convening the just concluded peace and security community dialogue with relevant stakeholder from the grassroots.
The women called on the Federal Government to make a case for the teeming number of Internally Displaced Persons in the state and provide relief to widows, orphans and other displaced persons in the state.
“We are aware of the visit of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Simon B. Lalong, the executive Governor of Plateau State to the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs to make a case for the teeming numbers of internally displaced persons in the state,” she said.