Kaduna State government has sets up a white paper committee to find a lasting solution to the perennial crises in Zangon Kataf Local government area of the state.
A statement issued by the special Adviser to the state governor on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye on Monday, says the state government set up a committee to draft a white paper on the two reports of the Justice Rahila Cudjoe commission of Inquiry into the Zangon-Kataf riots of February and May 1992.
The statement further says that the committee will also consider the 1995 report of the Zangon-Kataf reconciliation committee, chaired by Air Vice Marshall Usman Muazu.
“Violent clashes broke out in Zangon-Kataf LGA on 11th June this year between two communities that were reportedly disputing over ownership of farmlands whose place in the conflict is mentioned in the 1992 and 1995 reports.’’ Mr Adekeye stated.
According to the statement, both recommendations of Justice Cudjoe Commission of Inquiry and the Air Vice Marshall Mu’azu reports have not received comprehensive response or attention.
It says the February 1992 riots in Zangon-Kataf LGA led to 95 deaths and injuries to 233 persons.
‘’In the May 1992 riots, the death toll increased, with 1,528 persons killed in Zangon-Kataf and 305 others in Zaria, Ikara and other parts of the state to which the rioting spread,’’ Adekeye reminded.
The eight-member committee comprises Adamu Mansur, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Services; Chris Umar Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Abdullahi Sani.
Others are Habiba Shekarau, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Development; Ibrahim Jere Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office and Phoebe Yayi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education as well as Aisha K. Mohammed, Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission and Bulus Audu Senior Special Assistant at the Kaduna Geographic Information Service.
The statement says the committee has six weeks to submit its report.