Okowa institutes award for most peaceful ethnic nationality

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

To ensure peaceful co-existence in Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has instituted an award for the most peaceful ethnic groups in the state to take off next year.

The governor disclosed this in Warri during a stakeholders meeting on creating a peaceful atmosphere for the development of Delta State and the Niger Delta region.

According to the governor, “from 2017, there will be a prize for the President General of ethnic nationality that is most peaceful; this stakeholders meeting is to appreciate all of us including our traditional rulers for the roles we are playing for us to have peace in our communities, we don’t need to wait for crisis before we talk about how to build on existing peace.”

“When peace building becomes a collective will of everyone of us, we will achieve the desired results in bringing development to our people,” the governor said.

“We are glad that peace has returned to our communities, we need to work together because we have always been known as a very friendly people, a people who are proactive and I believe that each and everyone of us gathered in this hall will like to see rapid development, move around unhindered.”

The governor decried the destruction of oil facilities in the region, noting that it has compounded the financial woes of the nation as oil prices has not only reduced but the country could not increase oil production to boost revenue.

He said, “we are having reduced oil price and reduced quota of production in the country but, the greatest effect is on Delta State. This state used to receive over N20 billion and just this month, we got only N3 billion.”

The governor assured that despite the challenge in paying staff salaries which was about N6.5 billion monthly, his administration …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper