By : Hon. Godwin Boukan,
Member representing Warri South West in the Delta State Youth Parliament..
The International Day of Peace, unofficially known as World Peace Day, is a day set aside by the United Nations Organization, UNO, and observed annually on the 21st of September. It is celebrated to mark world peace, particularly the absence of war and violence occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a troubled zone for access to humanitarian aid.
The day which was first celebrated in 1981, is marked by many nations, political and military groups, amongst others. In 2013, the World Peace Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the preventive means for reducing war on a sustainable basis.
The United Nations General Assembly had declared, in a resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom and Costa Rica, the International Day of Peace, to be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace. The date that was initially chosen was the third Tuesday of September, the regular opening day of the annual sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, This was later changed in 2001 to the current annual day of celebration, the 21st day of every September.
In the spirit of this year’s day of international peace, the youths of Warri South West should live in peace, because peace is the only factor that can attract to and sustain development in our society. It is for this reason that the efforts of the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and his Deputy, Barrister Kingsley Burutu Otuaro towards brokering peace between Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West LGA and Aladja in Udu LGA, are highly commendable.
It is important to note that during any crisis, development is stalled as no meaningful development can take place where there is war and or violence, and the lives of workers in that territory are in danger.
War does not produce anything good, rather, it brings about setbacks, poverty, hunger, underdevelopment due to the relocation of many investments, as well as destruction and untimely deaths especially among the youths.
The Delta State Government has been doing its best to see this crisis come to an end, and thanks to the Almighty God who used Peace Ambassador Enienghan Thompson Layefa and his team of Aladja-Ogbe Ijoh Peace Vanguard to initiate the current and ongoing peace process in the two sister communities. It is also important to commend the team of Aladja-Ogbe Ijoh Peace Vanguard for its great contributions to peace in the once troubled areas of Delta State. It is also imperative that all the community leaders in Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh should make frantic efforts towards restoring permanent peace to the area.
However, our youths must say No to cultism. On Thursday 10th September 2020, the Delta State Youth Parliament raised a motion on incessant killings by rival cult groups. It is our wish and Prayer that the Youth loving Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa will expedite action on the implementation of the Law on violence against persons recently passed by the Delta State House of Assembly, to protect the youths against the rising rate of rape and sexual violence in the State.
The youths of today are the leaders of tomorrow, therefore they should desist from cultism and all forms of violence, and show good examples to the future generations.