The Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ on Tuesday, Sep. 24, engaged in an enlightenment programme in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
This was part of CEPEJ’s activities marking the International Day of Peace; the programme brought together people from different walks of life. They included students, youths and parents in Effurun.
In this programme dubbed “Climate Action for Peace”, it was initiated to educate the people on the need to always have a peaceful disposition.
“It was practically an event to help the masses think about peace and not violence,” said the body.
The audience was meant to understand that where there is cooperation, there will be peace. Hence, students were advised to eschew cultism given its negative consequences. They were also encouraged to go to school and not minding their current situation.
A Senior Special Assistant to the Delta State Governor, Comrade Ezekiel Daniel who was present at the programme told the audience that they should ensure to constitute themselves as peaceful citizens. He added that only their peaceful disposition could lead to the development of their areas.
He added that the programme was meant to help the people understand that peace had no alternative.
According to him, “Of course you know, there is a saying that ‘if you think that education is expensive tries ignorance’. What we have done today through this peace climate programme is so fundamental and will go a long way in making our people to be above board; in teams of realizing the situation they are in, in terms of realizing that peace has no alternative, in teams of realizing that they have to play their own role in this arena of climate change, and that is what we have done through this education program today.
The Executive Director, Value Rebirth and Empowerment Initiative, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe, during the programme encouraged parents to check on their children in their schools regularly and look out for the type of friends they keep.
He also advised that parents be vigilante as cultism was on the horizon in the town. He said, “there are a lot of bad things going on in the society, so the public should be watchful and careful.
“This Climate Action for Peace has a lot of impact on students and the public. The government should put more effort in this programme to help bring balance and peace in the society.”