Cross River State Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Comrade Asu Okang has lauded the Cross River State Chapter of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice for their consistency in the message for peace and sensitization of Cross River youths against violence and related vices.
Okang who gave the commendation in his Office during an official visit of the Executive Members of the Organization noted that the message for peace and tolerance is what is needed presently in response to various agitations in the different geopolitical region of the Country, adding that this message should be targeted more at the youths who are more gullible and used to cause these unrest.
According to Okang, with an increase in the scourge of cultism and unending land disputes among communities that breed communal clashes, a greater demand is placed on the sensitization of youths on the need to embrace peace, stating that youths must be dissuaded from taking up arms for whatever reason and sustaining the power of peace.
While frowning at acts of man inhumanity to man, Comrade Okang called on the Society for Peace Studies and Practice to extend their scope to discourage and condemn in great terms maltreatment of the less privileged whose dues are wrongfully denied them, pointing out that these actions are capable of causing reprisals from disgruntled individuals that would result in unrest.
He appreciated the Society for their efforts in the pursuance of peace in the State and noted that there are lucrative and substantive areas of possible collaborations between the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Society for Peace Studies and Practice that would be of benefits to the Cross River Youths and the State in general.
Earlier, the Chairman of the State Society for Peace Studies and Practice, Dr. Ndifon Neji, commended the efforts of the State Governor, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in ensuring that the welfare of youths are prioritized, noting that youths are the major drivers of the State economy and the Ministry is multi-faceted to meet the needs youths in the State.
Dr. Neji informed that the Organization is determined to identify with the Ministry in its various interventions to encourage self employment and self reliance among youths in the State while also identifying possible areas of collaboration to sensitize the youths and populace on peaceful co-existence and preventing conflicts.
Explaining what the organization stands for, he stated that the Society for Peace Studies and Practice is a Non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization geared towards the promotion of peace, adding that 21 September of every year is usually marked as International Day of Peace and that the Theme for 2017 is: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for all.” Dr. Neji informed that a peace match would be carried in the Streets of Calabar to commemorate the International Day of Peace in addition to taking the Gospel of Peace to the market which he said has every strata of the society.
The visit also had in attendance the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Ninka Takon; Director of Administration, Mr. Otu Otu; Director Youths, Mr. Emmanuel Effiong; and some members of the Organization namely: Prof. Asira Asira, Mr. Inah Emmanuel Ekpe; and Dr. (Mrs.)Judith Otu all of the University of Calabar.