Asaba – Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called for collective efforts for peace to be achieved in Nigeria. The governor made the call at the weekend during the 50th birthday celebration of Kingsley Otuaro, his deputy, in Warri.
The birthday celebration was organised by the South-South zone of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice, and it also featured a public lecture and the presentation of the book, ‘Governance, Security and Peace Building in the Niger Delta’.
The governor, Said: ”This is a good way of celebrating a man who has worked for peace in the Niger Delta and Nigeria.”
“I congratulate my friend, my deputy for turning 50 years; I thank God that this kind of ceremony has been put forward for him because it is a very good way of celebrating a man who has spent the larger part of his life finding peace, building peace in the Niger Delta and Nigeria,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Uduaghan, the immediate past governor of the state, said that when he gave Otuaro appointment, he did not know that he was grooming him for the position of deputy governor and commended the role he is playing to achieving peace in the Niger Delta.
Chairman of the occasion, Professor Same Oyovbaire, decried the state of insecurity in the country and other parts of the world, observing that Nigeria would be a better place if the people avoid divisive tendencies and embrace peace.
The director of Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Albert stated, “Peace building is what all of us should be involved in.”