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Monday, 25 September 2017

No alternative to peace in Niger Delta – Boroh

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The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), at the weekend, insisted that only sustained peace would develop the Niger Delta region.
He implored agitators in the creeks to come out and embrace peace to clear vestiges of violence and sustain developmental efforts of the government in the region
Boroh, who was represented by one of his special advisers, Maj. Martins Abdul (retd.), spoke in Yenagoa on Monday during the fourth edition of Miss Peace Bayelsa Beauty Pageant 2017 and Bayelsa Peace Awards organised by PGR Entertainment.
The amnesty boss, who received a Distinguished Advocate of Peace Award at the occasion, praised the organisers of the pageant for putting the event together at a time the country and the world were in need of peace.
Boroh said: ”The pageant is very timely because right now, the country and the entire world need peace. For a young man to have this idea to organise peace pageant, it is a laudable project.
“Without peace, there is no development. Right now, we have problems in the Niger Delta because investors are still afraid of coming to invest. They are afraid because of threat posed by those who are still in the creeks.
“As long as that happens, the desired development will continue to be elusive. The government is poised to develop all parts of the country including the Niger Delta region but violence remains the bane.  Without peace, there will not be development in the region.
“So far, so good, in the last two years, the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta has been able to guarantee some level of peace in the region. At a time the programme commenced, the crisis was very high and up until August 2016 we still had the problem.
“Fortunately, we have been able to douse the tension. We have tried as much as possible with the government’s commitment and the little resources available to stabilise the region.
“We can boast of pilots, engineers and specialists of different professions now in the region. I want to urge parents, guardians and stakeholders to please take this home to our children, our brothers and sisters that there is no alternative to peace.
“They (agitators) in the creek should come out and  embrace peace so that we can develop the region and make it like Dubai.”
In his remarks, the Director, Miss Peace Bayelsa Organisation, Mr Seleipre Tonbie, said the show was established in 2011 to promote peace in the state.
He said the pageant was a reminder of the proclamation of amnesty by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and the violent agitation that led to the proclamation.
Tonbie said: “The Miss Peace Bayelsa Beauty Pageant is also aimed at creating new role models that will serve as an ambassador of peace and enhance a new strength synergy and spirit of the advancement of peace in Bayelsa and the Niger Delta.
“We have the ideology that peace is not a mere absence of war, but a virtue that springs from the force of character.
“Therefore, the promotion of peace through the emulation of acceptable character representation becomes pertinent via pageantry which showcases young, intelligent, confident, talented and creative females who believe in their contribution to social awakening and growth. The quest for peace should be conscious and collective effort to embrace change.”
The highlight of the event, which ended at about 3:00am on was the conferment of Distinguished Advocate of Peace Awards on two prominent ex-militant leaders, Ebikabowei Ben, aka Boyloaf, and Chief Reuben Wilson, aka ‘General Pastor’.
Miss Samanta Davidson, representing Nembe Local Government Area, won this year’s Miss Peace Bayelsa, while Miss Gbarian Ekpetiama and Miss Gbomo West emerged first and second runners-up.
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