…Commends UN-PEPOLAC for peace efforts
It was Epoch making event on weekend at Dora Akunyili women development centre as United Nations Peace and positive living awareness centre – UNPEPOLAC celebrated 2022 World Peace Day in Anambra State.
Speaking during the occasion, Gov. Chukwuma Soludo said his administration place high premium on peace and stability which led to establishment of the 15f- man justice and peace committee which was mandated with fostering peace across the state and south east zone.
The governor was represented by Chief of Staff, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi who also urged everyone to walk on the path of peace as no meaningful development thrive where there is no insecurity and racism.
Earlier in a keynote speech, international coordinator of Un-PEPOLAC Nigeria, Dr. Ozioma Ozoemena, described this year event as unique and called for the urgent need to establish peace building and conflict management agency in Anambra state in line with professor Soludo’s administration in achieving a peaceful, livable and prosperous new Anambra.
He added that peace building and conflict management agency will bring peace reconciliation, healing, rehabilitation, recovery for the victims of crises, disputes, conflicts and war; thereby resolving injustice in the non- violent ways,transform the structural conducts that generate deadly conflicts and foster a social rebirth, reduce, educate violence and contribute to a durable peace across Anambra State.
He requested that the government of soludo to partner them to ensure the completion of their two hundred million project , while describing the governor as one who ascribe to ideas of peace and international solidarity.
Delivering a lecture, a lecturer from department of English department, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Prof Echezona Ifejika with the theme “End Racism, Build Peace” said society where there is no peace, suffers development. He sited Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU) as an example saying that educational system can can not function where peace is not in existence.
Ifejika said the best way to achieve peace in educational sector is to pay teachers as at when due and see teaching as profession and teachers as professionals.”peace is more needed in educational sector than any other sector as man is a complete system that need peace”He concluded.
The event attracted over seventy Nigerian who also receive award as peace ambassador with UN- PEPOLAC believe to have consciously made significant contribution in the promotion of peace across nigeria. It was a special recognition that attracted dignitaries from different walks of life.Among them were the Archbishop of Province of Niger, Most Rev. Alexander lbezim, Managing Director Anambra Broadcasting service (ABS) Chido Obidiegwu, Vice Chancellor Anamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Charles Esimone, Staffs of ABS, Ify unachukwu and Ejike Abana as well as Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, lfy Obinabo, Pastor Margaret Mela from Plateau State,
One of the awardees founder revelation bible ministry international Apostle Chris lkechukwu expressed gratitude for the organisers for finding them worthy of the honour. He assured that as an ambassador of peace, that he is committed in propagating peace in areas that are restless.
He commended the effort of governor of the state Prof. Charles Soludo in restoring peace through his security drive which has seen peace returning in the state.
High point of the occasion was unveiling of peace and leadership centre muti- purpose building project architectural design.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion His Royal Majesty lgwe Sir Benneth Emeka thanked the organisers for making it positive every year in ensuring that peace is stabilize, and advise the everybody to advocate for peace within his or her environment.