On the 2nd of February 2016, the Executive Governor of Plateau state, Rt Hon Barr Simon Bako Lalong established the Plateau Peacebuilding Agency (PPBA) through an Act of Legislation as a proactive response to the repeated cycles of violence that spanned over two decades. This dedicated government agency is non-partisan, non religious and non-ethnic serving as a hub for the effective coordination of all conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts in Plateau state.
Plateau Peacebuilding Agency is a platform for continuous engagement with all state and non-state actors on the scene. The stakeholders work together to resolve conflicts and prevent new ones. Through systematic dialogue, mediation, conflict transformation, peace education, sensitization, advocacy and community outreaches, they speak to strengthening community social cohesion and strengthening of structures that promote and enable healing, forgiveness and reconciliation.
The creation of PPBA is also a crucial step in the effort to adopt and develop a comprehensive approach to conflict transformation, post conflict rehabilitation, reconciliation and recovery.
The philosophical and operational principles of the agency draw significantly from ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework. It also speaks to the first item on the Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong's five pillar policy thrust- Peace, Security and Good Governance.
As a dedicated institutional mechanism to fill the gap in the state architecture for Peace, the role of PPBA includes the following: