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Group sues for peace in Niger Delta

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FILE PHOTO: Ex-militants
By Amgbare Ekaunkumo, Yenagoa
A Non governmental organization under the aegis of  Partner for Peace, in the Niger Delta, a Non-Governmental  has called for peace amongst the people of the region .
Daily Watch reports that, Partner for peace was formed in 2013, with aimed of  fostering peaceful co existence in all the  nine States of the Niger Delta region.
The NGO made the call in Yenagoa, during it’s Annual General Meeting, on Tuesday, with the theme: “Shaping Peace Together for Impact”.
In his remarks, the National Coordinator of the group, Chief Pius Akomolafe, said the group have over ten thousand members across the Niger Delta States.
He said: “The Partner for Peace Central Working Committee came on stream towards the end of 2013 through the Peace camp that took place in Port Harcourt, River State.
“As the first of its kind in the South-South (Niger Delta), as a peace building network that foster peace building and the strengthening of the economic standard in the region, in a bid to build a society free of conflict.
“The central working committee of partners for peace has set out modalities through her state chapters to build peace in every communities in the Niger Delta.
“On this great day, I will love to share with you, our Organization’s mandate, vision, mission, thematic focus and values.
“Partners for Peace; a non-governmental, non-partisan organization established in 2013 according to Nigeria law. P4P is dedicated to promoting peaceable livelihood in the Niger Delta through voices, actions and network, through our mission.
“To build social capital around peace building through amplifying the voices of positive actors, building a network of self-identified agents of peace and leveraging that network through facilitation, small grants and capacity building.
“P4P had carried out interventions across the nine states of the Niger Delta since inception, with achievable interventions ranging from: farmers/herders clash, deradicalization of cultism/militancy, communal clash, land dispute, violence against women/girls.
“Power tussle, chieftaincy tussle, reduction in criminality, media sensitization/awareness creation on peaceful coexistence, non-election violence, alternative livelihood/economic empowerment/rehabilitation for the ex-agitators, just to mention a few.
“Many interventions are still on going at the nine states. This is the time to reflect on how far we have worked towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institution) thus these thought provoking questions,” he said.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police Bayelsa Command, CP Mike Okoli, commeded the group, for it’s peace initiative in the Niger Delta region.
He urged them  to take the message of Hope and peace to the rural areas on the need to shun acts of violence and criminality.
Represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Vincent Amacree, he promised to partner the group for the safety of the group.
The Nigeria Union of Journalist Chairman in Bayelsa, Mr Samuel Numonengi, promised to partner the group with publicity.
Represented by Mr Tonye Yemoleigha, he said that they will continue to preach the message of peace, during and after elections in the region.

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