ANAMBRA State joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2020 World Peace Day in Awka with the theme “Shaping Peace Together’’.
The event was organised in conjunction with the South-East Zonal Institution for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It was declared open by Gov Willie Obiano, who was represented by the Clerk of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Pius Udoh.
Dignitaries like the Chairman, South-East Miyetti Allah, Sarkin Fulani Idris Sekidi, Traditional Rulers, the Nigerian Police, were present to discuss measures to sustain peace.
According to Gov Obiano, my administration has placed a premium on security of life and property and as a result, we have witnessed an influx of investors, entrepreneurs and various developers.
He added that the government had initiated various mechanisms to contain conflicts in the state and that was the reason that Anambra was declared the safest state in Nigeria.
Gov. Obiano disclosed that the present government had attracted investments to the tune of $4 billion across every sector.
“In line with the provisions of Nigeria’s Constitution, we have ensured adequate security of life and property; today, Anambra is the most secure state in Nigeria.
“Peace is a situation where there is Justice and mechanism for a peaceful resolution of crises.
“Security can be threatened by political situation, cultism, land grabbing and so on; all are sources of threat to security, but Anambra has created mechanism to contain all.’’
The convener of the event and South-East Head, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lady Amaka Uzodinma, enjoined leaders to implement measures that would entrench peace in their communities.
The Director-General, IPCR, Dr. Bakut Bakut represented by the Head, Gender, Peace and Security of the organisation, Awodu Grace, noted that it is important to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
“We should promote and strengthen the ideals of peace, among countries and peoples of the world, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire where violent conflict or war exist,’’ she said
– Sept. 23, 2020 @ 16:45 GMT |