Groups numbering about 160 in Southern Kaduna have agreed to form Committees at community levels to promote peaceful co-existence among themselves.
The decision came on the heels of another initiative by Governor Nasir el-Rufai to forge peace in the state, often wracked by ethnic and religious violence.
The Governor had on Thursday named Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon as the Chairman of a Peace Commission.
The 160 groups made a separate commitment at a workshop on peacebuilding organised by Global Peace Foundation(GPF) in Angwar Fari, Kanikon Chiefdom in Jema’a Local Government Area.
The groups comprised religious and traditional leaders, elders, women and youth, represented by 40 delegates each.
Communities involved in the search for peace include Goska, Ambam, Bakin Kogi, Tudun Wada, Amere, Angwar Fari, Angwar Baki and Dangoma which had experienced several attacks in the past.
The Country Director of GPF, Jonh Okon said the workshop was a follow up to series of mediation efforts by the foundation since January.
Uniting for peace and brotherhood
Abokie Galadima, a former Chief of Staff to late Governor Patrick Yakowa, expressed happiness with the programme and urged all residents to unite and embrace peace and brotherhood.
Also, Husseini Dembo, a former Commissioner in the state, urged the communities to sustain dialogue and avoid anything that would trigger violence.
The participants in their various groups discussed and outlined several ongoing community engagements to facilitate peace building.