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People of Delta State have been assured of the State Government’s commitment in sustaining the lasting peace in order to ensure transformation of the State.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Conflict Resolution, Comrade Shedrack Agediga, gave the assurance during a courtesy visit to the Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice ( CEPEJ).

He described peace as a great tool that promotes development adding that the State Government will continue to put and encourage measures aimed at sustaining continual peace in the state.

He said the reason for the visit to CEPEJ was to seek partnership with the foremost NGO in promoting and preaching the importance of peace to all Deltans.

Agediga emphasized that the State Government will continue to partner with meaningful organisations that can help in preaching and sustaining peace in the State.

He disclosed that the office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Conflict Resolution will be holding a Peace Summit soon to mark World Peace Day in the State.

“We have monitored the activities of CEPEJ, your NGO has tried in peace resolution and we want to collaborate with you; we want to partner with you and build bridges of unity. Governor Okowa Is desirous of building peace and respecting the rights of the people.

“There is need for us to work with credible NGO like CEPEJ to see how we can work to make our state peaceful”.

National Coordinator Of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, expressed appreciation to Comrade Shedrack Agediga for the visit assuring that CEPEJ was willing to partner with the State Government in sustaining the peace that Deltans have continued to enjoy in the State.

While saying that peace was not negotiable, Comrade Mulade noted that a state in crisis cannot enjoy any form of development and urged all to join hands with the State Government in promoting peace.

“Peace is not negotiable where development is needed. As NGO, we are ready to work with peace promoters and we have identified Governor Okowa as a peace promoter. There has been peace in the state since he came on board. We will work with him for total peace in all parts of the state. No meaningful development can take place where there is no peace”, he added