Sustaining Peace In Delta State

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, last week, urged on Deltans to work towards sustaining the existing peace in the state. The governor, who made the call while briefing the press at the end of a closed-door security meeting with security chiefs in the state held at the Government House Annex, Warri, said he was particularly happy that the creeks as well as the entire state are now largely peaceful.
He said in part: “Peace has returned to our state, our people should sustain the peace because we have a lot to benefit by having a peaceful environment and as a government, we will continue to deepen those things that will make us more peaceful, united and happy as a people” He also acknowledged the role played by the traditional ruler of Gbaramatu kingdom in ensuring that there is peace in the coastal communities.
The governor’s submission is a confirmation of the peaceful situation that has characterized Delta State in the past few years. In fact, despite some erroneous notions by those resident outside the state, Delta State has remained one of the most peaceful states in the country.
While other Nigerians are bemoaning the effect of the economic recession, peace has guaranteed the development efforts in the state and ultimately ensured worthwhile living for the people of the state. In Nigeria, just as elsewhere, a peaceful environment is required to translate government’s programmes to concrete reality for the benefit of stakeholders.
We are impressed that residents of the state are enjoying the peaceful atmosphere just as the situation has also paved the way for the achievements recorded by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa administration since its inception. What is required now is to sustain the peace in the very manner that the governor has asked of Deltans.
Deltans, no doubt, will not agree less with the governor’s assertion, considering the fact that some other states of the federation have been contending with one major security challenge or the other, while Delta State has remained peaceful.
It is clear from its development template that the administration has, from inception, prepared the ground to guarantee peace in the state. Unarguably, this can be seen in the import of the SMARTART Agenda, which is emphatic on peace building as sine qua non for orderly growth and progress of any geo-political entity.
We acknowledge the role reportedly played by the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom as a response to government’s charge to traditional rulers to assist in peace building. Ideally, the king did what is required of a ruler and we join the governor and security chiefs to commend him, while calling on others to key into the quest for a more peaceful environment.
In a modern society, part of the yardstick to measure a peaceful state is low crime rate. In recent times, violent crimes as armed robbery and kidnapping have reduced to a manageable minimum in the state and all the stakeholders are proud of the development.
Having recorded this impressive achievement, it now behoves investors to take advantage of the existing peace to make investments that will be favourable to them now and in the long run. Specifically, we call on oil companies that hitherto relocated out of the state to reconsider their earlier position and return to the state as it has regained its hitherto peaceful state.
On their part, Deltans and all residents of the state should embrace the call by the governor and contribute their quota towards sustaining peace so that more development will reach the nooks and crannies of the state.
In the meantime, we urge the state government to build on its peace agenda by frontally tacklling other developmental challenges in our communities and cities.