Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution, (IPCR) has lauded the Akwa Ibom State Government under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel for scoring high in peace and security.
The commendation was given Tuesday March 22 in Uyo, by the South/South regional coordinator of the institute, Mrs. Virtue Ekanem, while on a courtesy call on the state commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong.
Mrs. Virtue Essien, who said Akwa Ibom is nationally claimed as the most peaceful state in Nigeria with numerous strides accomplished in its industrialization-drive, extended the warm greetings of the institute to the government for spearheading the peace movement in the country.
“On behalf of the director general of IPCR, Dr Bakut Bakut, I express warm regards to the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and indeed the government and people of Akwa Ibom State for the all the programmes the state has instituted to ensure peace and security for the people”, she said.
Essien expressed deep appreciation to the state information commissioner for giving them the opportunity to reach out to the ministry and by extension the state government and commended the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration for all the sacrifices and energy dissipated towards ensuring the peaceful coexistence of the people of the state.
The IPCR coordinator stated that the visit to the ministry was to enable the Institute to identify with the critical stakeholders that would help the institute achieve its objective in the state, adding that having access to the localities, being able to communicate with them to know their challenges and prospects, are key to the overall success of the organisation.
“Peace is very paramount, for without peace there is no spiritual growth, without peace there is no mental growth, without peace there is no economic growth,” she emphasized.
Essien intimated that IPCR has to do with peace and security,reiterating that, in order to achieve that sustainable peace, more hands should be on desk and call on all particularly the youths to shun all acts capable of jeopardising the peace and security of the people.
She acknowledged Comrade Ini Ememobong for the selfless service he and his team have continued to render towards meeting set targets and thanked them immensely for being strong support to the governor in his strive to maintain peace in the state.
Responding, the commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, said one of the strategic responsibilities of the Ministry of Information and Strategy is to inter-face with organisations like the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution to ensure that citizens understand government activities, programmes and policies as well as the need for peaceful co-existence by people in the country.
Represented by the permanent secretary, Akparawa James Edet, the information commissioner who expressed delight at the visit of the institute and the goodwill expressed, urged them to keep up the good work they are doing.
Highlights of the courtesy call were: the presentation of the ministry’s publications and complimentary items to the organisation by the commissioner’s representative as well as the presentation of the publications of the institute to the commissioner by the IPCR team lead.