In the pursuit of sustainable peace, security and development in the state, the need for the institutionalisation of frameworks aimed at conflict resolution through the establishment of an agency for peace-building has once again been brought to the fore.
At a consultative forum convened by Search for Common Ground, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), stakeholders pooled from the government, communities, civil societies, the academia, and law enforcement agencies, met to brainstorm on building sustainable structures that would promote and support peaceful coexistence.
At the occasion, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, reiterated the commitment of the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration towards deepening peace and justice among divergent groups in the state.
“Our approach has always been to ensure the equitable and fair distribution of resources in the state believing that whatever we have is for the good of everybody. Once that is done, we can reduce incidences of the institutional crisis triggered on account of deprivation.”
“we will consider some of the proposals from the discussions, especially the need to institutionalize peace-building mechanisms. Governor Okowa has indeed been able to establish a Peace-Building Council but once it is institutionalized and backed by law, it will outlive this government”
Aniagwu commended the NGO for it painstaking efforts to engender peace in the state, stressing that the recommendations which arose from the deliberations would be given due consideration by the state government.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Comrade Rex Anighoro, assured the group that their proposals would be adequately looked into by the governor, even as he aligned himself to the view of the need to strengthen peace-building platforms in the state.
In his presentation, the Niger-Delta Office Head of the SFCG, Mr Borve Paago-Imabel said that the organization has forged a partnership with communities, local and state governments, security actors and representatives of farmers and herders as well as traditional leaders to create a broad-based network for peace in Delta State.