Peace, Security; Veritable Tools For Sustainable Development In Nigeria – Ned Nwoko
By Patrick Ochei
The former House of Reps member and founder of the STARS University, Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko has said that peace and security are veritable tools for sustainable development, prosperity and resilience of society.
He made this assertion while speaking as the Chairman of the Delta State Peace and Security Summit, which held at the Grand Hotel in Asaba, Delta State on Thursday 7th November, 2019.
Speaking on the topic “Sustainable Peace and Security For All Deltans”, the Star Prince affirmed that every segment of the Nigerian society has a huge role to play in promoting peace and security, adding that sustainable peace and security are best guarantees against instability.
Nwoko who was represented at the Summit by his Director of Security, Mr. Bolum Michael Okwuchi, commended the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in conjunction with the Delta State Government and Search for Common Ground for organising the Summit at this critical moment of our nation’s search for sustainable peace and security; maintaining that no state or nation can develop its full potentials socially, politically and economically without adequate security, peace, law and order.
Speaking further, the man behind the Paris Club Refund and the first premier Sports University in Sub Saharan Africa, implored every Nigerian, particularly Deltans to begin to question negative lifestyles and strive to uphold moral values like hard work, honesty, integrity, patriotism and good neighbourliness.
According to him, ” We must all give peace a chance in the immortal words of music legend, John Lennon.
“Peace and Security are important not just in Delta, Nigeria but the world over because, peace and security guarantee the fulfillment of our destinies and engender development.
” That Delta is multi-ethnic is not a curse but a blessing, because there is beauty in our heterogeneous nature. We are peculiar for our ethnic diversity as a mini Nigeria, with a composition of five major groups as defined by Anioma, Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaw and Isoko extractions and with natural endowment as a front line oil producing and agrarian State”, Nwoko noted.
In a nutshell, Nwoko urged all participants at the Summit to ponder deeply and come up with feasible prospects of peace and security for the benefit of Deltans, assuring that only such can foster a united, safe and Stronger Delta dream of the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
Meanwhile, the Summit was declared open by the Governor who was ably represented by his Special Adviser on Peace and Security Matters, Chief Edwin Uzor.