Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, inaugurated a 30-man Advisory and Peace Building Council with a charge to “study the general socio-economic and political situations in the state and render advice to government; advise on issues that can lead to healthy relationship between the Executive arm of government, the Legislature and the Judiciary; carry out in-depth studies and render advise on issues, which can strengthen harmonious relationship with the Federal Government and other states of the federation.”
Speaking during the inauguration of the council in Asaba, Okowa said the aim of peace building in any society is the enthronement of human security that refers not just to the absence of violence but the presence of food security, financial security, educational security, health security and social security.
“Peace building covers a broad range of issues such as inclusive growth, economic development, educational advancement, health improvement, religious harmony and environmental sustainability,” the governor said, adding, “it seeks not only to resolve or avert conflicts, but to also formulate policies and build relationships that help to maintain peace and justice”.
Members of the council include former Minister of Information, Sam Oyovbaire, as the Chairman, while the Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Festus Ochonogor, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development and Peace Building, Emmanuel Ogidi, would assist the council during deliberations.
Others are former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Benjamin Elue; former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Brodrick Bozimo; Patrick Osakwe; Stella Omu; Wellington Okrika; Nkem Okwuoofu; Paul Enebeli; Pius Sinebe; William Ibori; Cyril Odutemu; Chris Agbobu; Dennis Etalokku; Grace Boyo; Patrick Egone, Robert Ejifoma; Esther Uduehi; Triumph Osian; Emmanuel Nwanze; and Joseph Egigba.