Help Warri Regain Its Lost Glory, CEPEJ Coordinator Urges Okowa

Help Warri Regain Its Lost Glory, CEPEJ Coordinator Urges Okowa.

Chief Sheriff Mulade, the National Coordinator of the Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, has encouraged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to use his last days in office to invest more in Warri so that it can reclaim its former glory as the state’s economic center.

Chief Mulade made this remark during an exclusive interview with newsmen in Asaba, Delta State capital, on Monday, February 21, 2022, as the Warri Multi-Stakeholders Platform, MSP retreats, embark on a three-day Capacity Building/Workshop for its members from the 21st to the 23rd of February, 2022, to promote peaceful co-existence among Ijaws and Itsekiris of Delta State.

The Warri Multi-Stakeholders Platform, or MSP, is a platform for the Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic groups to build on their present peaceful cohabitation and promote equitable economic growth and peaceful coexistence in their numerous areas in Delta State.

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PIND Foundation, a Foundation For Partnership in Niger-Delta, a Nigerian non-profit organization established to promote equitable development and peace-building in the Niger-Delta Region through partnership and facilitation of program delivery, capacity building, advocacy, communications, gender and social inclusion, sponsored the three-day Annual Capacity Building Workshop.

Community Leaders, representatives of the Olu of Warri, Monarchs of Gbaramatu, Egbema, and Ogbe-Ijoh kingdoms, and other communities in the three Warri LGAs comprising Ijaws, Itsekiris, and Urhobos in the area are among the critical stakeholders, according to CEPEJ boss Mulade, a renowned Niger-Delta activist and Warri MSP who is a global peace advocate.

He thanked the PIND Foundation for sponsoring the program, as well as the chairman and members of MSP, for hosting the workshop, and advised attendees to make the most of it.

When media inquired why the event was held in Asaba, the Niger-Delta activist said that because the participants will be entirely far from their homes, they will be able to participate fully and concentrate without interruptions.

He went on to say that holding the workshop in the state capital will allow them to experience progress as a result of peaceful coexistence, using Asaba as an example.

He then praised Delta State Governor, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, for the level of development in Asaba thus far, while urging him to invest more in Warri as a means of generating more revenue for the state government and revitalizing the area’s economy, as the environment is no longer viable when compared to its glory days.

He urged the governor to spend his last days in office to guarantee that Warri and its environs regained its former prominence as the state’s commercial powerhouse.

Mulade, a global peace ambassador, went on to say that this call is for all stakeholders, including the Delta State government, local governments, community leaders, youths, women, oil companies, and, most importantly, the Federal Government, especially in the area of ensuring the opening of the Warri Sea ports and the revitalization of the area’s economy.

He urged Deltans to avoid violence, support the government at all levels, maintain peace and security, and promote peaceful co-existence between the two ethnic groups in the area for development to thrive in areas such as the state capital, while urging youths, other critical stakeholders, and the Delta State Government to key into the group’s programs as he assured Deltans of MSP Forum’s capacity to promote peaceful co-existence between the Ijaws and other ethnic groups in the area.

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