–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Michael J. EKOKORUWE:
The governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the youths of the state to avoid violent elections during the coming 2023 electionairing campaigns, resist the actors of “I must win” and use peace as slogan and watch-word towards enduring peace in Delta State.
Governor Okowa made the statement during the peace advocacy workshop, organised by the office of the Special Adviser to the governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution on the theme; “Peace for All: More Gains, Zero Pains”, for Warri Federal constituency, held at Unity Hall, Delta State Government House Annex, Warri.
Governor Okowa represented by the Hon. Commissioner Bureau for Special Duties, Mr. Johnbull Edema urged stakeholders, traditional rulers and community leaders to engage the people for the need of peace and how to live in peace and harmony, noting that the peace advocacy workshop was timely towards a peaceful environment and communities.
Speaking at the peace advocacy workshop, the Special Adviser to Governor Okowa on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, stated that the event was for selected stakeholders in search for enduring peace in communities for sustainable development, adding that “peace creates atmosphere for happiness communal living, mutual trust and steady human, economic and political development”.
Uzor enjoined the people to “bring an end to communal crisis and hostile behaviour and create an atmosphere of peace where the gains are many and the pains are absent”, and commended governor Okowa that has sustained a peaceful disposition in ensuring that Delta State remains peaceful and investment friendly.
He added that Okowa is committed to peace, security and the disire to bringing prosperity through the various policies and programmes initiated under the S.M.A.R.T Agenda to build a stronger Delta.
Uzor urged the people to eliminate hostile behaviours that are socially and economically devastating and attract back old business investments that has relocated and encourage new investors to come, noting that the mission of the special adviser to the governor on peace building and conflict resolution is to contribute to the peace and security of the state.
For his part, the Executive Chairman of Warri South local government area and chairman of the workshop for Warri Federal constituency, Hon. Michael Tidi Ph.D, commended Governor Okowa for approving the workshop in Warri South Federal constituency, noting that the peace and capacity building are panancia for economic development that we must continously build open.
Tidi noted that peace must be close to justice, adding that most of the violent conflict occur as a result of aggrieved youths being avoided for a long period of time, either by the people or government refusal to take necessary action in resolving the crisis.
He added that the workshop was to develop peace building and community advocacy towards the development of respective communities.
The chairman noted that nothing good comes from violence, as it slows than development and urged the people to put their differences outside and embrace peaceful co-existence.
The peace advocacy workshop goodwill messages was delivered by the representative of HRM Ogieme Atuwase 111, Olu of Warri, Warri kingdom and other traditional rulers from Warri South federal constituency, just as 3 lectures on “Communal Crisis and Hostile Behaviors; Victims and Pains”, “Fostering Harmonious Peaceful Co-existence in the Community; A veritable tool for Economic Transformation”, and “The Role of Youths in facilitating Enabling Environment for harmonious Working Synergy between Host Communities and Invsettors” were delivered by erudite scholars from the academia, peace ambassadors and practitioners.
In attendance was senior special advisers, special advisers, executive assistants and special assistants to Governor Okowa on peace building and conflict resolution, traditional rulers and community representatives from Warri South federal constituency.
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