Thursday, July 30, 2020

Peace Advocacy Can Be Achieved, When Justice Is Not Denied- Delta Information Commissioner

....As CSO Group advocates For the Establishment of Peace And Conflict Management Agency in Delta State.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Delta State Commissioner For Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu has said that the only best Approaches to Peace-building and conflicts management is by ensuring that the Concepts of Justice is not undermine.

The Commissioner made this assertion today at Villa Toscana Hotel, Asaba, Delta State capital at the advocacy engagement and strategy Development meeting Organized by a CSO group in the Niger-Delta Region, whose thematic areas bothers on Peace-building and conflicts management called "Search For Common Ground".

The meeting Convened by a renowned Niger-Delta Peace Advocacy group had the attendance of different interest groups such as Representatives of Heads of Ministries, Agencies, Departments, Community leaders, Representatives of Security Agencies, CSOs,Youths and Women Leaders in Delta State who brainstorm on the need towards ensuring lasting peace, and best Approaches to conflict prevention, management and control in the state as stakeholders harped on the need for the Establishment of "Delta State Ministry or Agency on Peace-building And Conflict Management".

Delta Information Commissioner has restated Delta State Government Committment to Peace-building and conflict Management, while he stated that Delta State Governor had strengthened the Peace architecture of the state in line with his SMART Agenda policy through the Establishment of 30 Man Committee on Peace-building across the state called " Delta State Peace Advisory Council" and the Appointment of a Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Peace-building and conflict Management.

Mr. Charles Aniagwu Commended the efforts of the Leadership of "Search For Common Ground" on their Peace-building initiative, then stated that though the need for the Establishment of Peace-building and conflict Management Agency will requires to legislations as backup to promote the concept of Sustainability, advocacy and others, while he Enjoined Civil Society Organizations in the state to step up more advocacy on peace and most importantly ensure that the concept of Justice is Considered first while trying to achieve lasting peace.

Search for Common Ground, a German based international non-profit organization Founded in 1982 had no doubt, since it's peace Advocacy efforts in the Niger-Delta Region ; some selected States such as Delta State, Rivers, Bayelsa and others deepened peace in conflicts prone Communities of the States had addressed conflicts in the areas of Farmers/Herders clashes, rape, kidnapping, fight against human trafficking, gender violence, communal clashes, land disputes, Kingship tussle, Youths and Community leadership crises and Amongst others.

Delta State is one of the beneficiaries as many communities in the state can boldly testify of the conflicts proned localities well managed by the group now presently enjoying peace.

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