Isaac Ombe, Yenagoa
The Rotary Club of Oxbow Lake, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Yenagoa Sunshine and with support from the Partners for Peace (P4P) and the West African Network for Peace (WANEP), held a ‘Peace Awareness Seminar’ in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, at the weekend.
The event was part of the activities to commemorate the 2023 International Peace Day, and to also sensitise the people towards a peaceful guber elections come November 11.
The event was held at the Etegwe Community Townhall a suburb of Yenagoa and featured a keynote address delivered by Past District Governor of Rotary International District 9141, Rotarian Mightyman Aye Dikuro, a distinguished retired Permanent Secretary in the State Civil Service.
The event also featured presentations from selected speakers including Rotarian Taritein Boco and Chief Aworabhi Mekunusi of the Partners for Peace had an opening remarks by Rotarian Fortune Alfred, President of the Rotary Club of Oxbow Lake Yenagoa.
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According to Rotn. Alfred, the seminar was aimed at commemorating the International Peace Day, fulfill one of Rotary International main objectives and to prepare the minds of the people of the community as the state goes into its governorship election in November.
He noted that Rotary was a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who envision a world in which people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
“Real commitment and vision are required to solve serious challenges. “And that is why for more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects.
According to the Oxbow Lake Rotary President, “as a humanitarian organization, peace building, conflict prevention, and resolution is one of Rotary’s seven focus areas and a cornerstone of our mission.”
“We believe that when people work to bring peace to their communities, the transformation has a worldwide impact.
“Our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, such as poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources, by participating in service projects like today’s Peace Awareness Seminar and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships.
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“Against this backdrop, we are here today to sensitise the community in advance of the State’s Governorship election on November 11th.”
In his remarks, Rotn Innocent Jumbo, President of the Rotary Club of Yenagoa Sunshine, who lauded the members of the community’s large attendance at the Seminar also commented them for their calm demeanour over the years.
The Etegwe Community , he disclosed ,is the area of focus of the Rotary club of Yenagoa Sunshine, which has been holding its meetings and community service activities in the community for many years.
Other speakers, including Past Assistant Governors Shaba Suleiman and Oweibi Godspower Tare, also spoke in the same vain on Etegwe Community’s peaceful disposition .
Also in his presentation, Rotn. Victor Binawari, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Oxbow Lake, also noted that Etegwe was chosen as a focal point by all the Rotary clubs because the community “has been an example of peace”, and urged other communities in the state and the country at large to “follow Etegwe’s example of preserving a peaceful environment in their town in o~rder to encourage progress”.
The theme for this year’s World Peace Day event, according to main speaker Boco, “Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for Global Goals.” emphasizes the necessity of taking actual measures toward peace, not just as an ideal, but as a measurable goal that we can reach.
The theme for this year’s World Peace Day event, ‘Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for Global Goals’ emphasises the necessity of taking actual measures toward peace, not just as an ideal, but as a measurable goal that we can reach.