The Shedrack Agediga Foundation, SAF commemorated this auspicious event of International Day of Peace today at Ogulagha Town in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
Peace is very cardinal and integral to the development of any given society. The coexistence of peace would always make room for development by government and individuals which improves the living standard of a people.
Amb. Comr. Shedrack Agediga, Chairman of SAF in his sensitizing remarks related that the International Peace Day was established in 1981 as United Nation’s resolution to celebrate the Ideals of peace.
The Executive Director, Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS), Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), also stated that the NGO stands for peace to support development in every angle of the Nigerian society.
In the above light, SAF has made it a point of duty to always create means to educate and sensitize the Niger Delta and beyond, highlighting the ideals of peace to nation building.
It was noted further that just as we know, everything without peace is nothing, the Ideals of peace are inexhaustible
The statement reads in brief:
“Our vision in SAF is to see a peaceful and stable Niger Delta that supports good governance and development. We love to see peace reign among people and between people and nature.
“Over the years, SAF has leveraged on the UN resolution to create platforms as this for peace education and public awareness across the Niger Delta and beyond.
“As the world gradually recovers from the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that educational institutions and children were among the most vulnerable and worst hit. To this end, we decided to celebrate this year’s event with Ogulagha Secondary School, Ogulagha”, he added.
The peace day celebration also featured a lecture that comprehensively bothered on the sub-theme of “Youth, Conflict and Peace Building” from the international theme of Recovering Better For A Sustainable And Equitable World.
The guest speaker, Pastor Ijomah Oneill, The Bridge Church, Warri in piece-meal lecture, intimated the students and all that were in attendance the importance of peace in relation to nation building and ensuring a liveable society, especially now that our society is largely threatened by security challenges, ranking from banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers crisis, ritual killings, and many others.
Oneill went further to educate that we all need to build our values, knowledge, and skills to harness a peaceful society.
Highlights of the celebration include presentation of learning materials, and desks to the Ogulagha Secondary School, Ogulagha.
The SAF in its usual philanthropy also paid the WAEC enrolment fees of #66, 000.00 for three students who brilliantly responded to questions during the lecture, and it was handed over to the principal. The students are: Lubi Joy (SS3), Marshall Hope (SS3), and Apopo Ebimobo-ere (SSS2).
Another highlight of the day was the official flagoff and inauguration of the Shedrack Agediga Foundation Peace Club in Ogulagha Secondary School.
Moreover, speakers at the event were all full of appreciation to the SAF and its chairman for his rare commitment to better the human society.
In their goodwill messages, they prayed for the foundation to grow from strength to strength, and as well advised all parents to keep striving to give their children the best of life in giving them the education they require to make our society peaceful and liveable , void of any social vices.
They also noted that hard drug is a major cause of the security challenges Nigeria is facing today. Parents should therefore check the behaviours of their children at all times.
The peace day commemoration which took place in Ogulagha Town with the Ogulagha Secondary School Students as the target audience was well attended by dignitaries,inclusive of: Amb. Shedrack Agediga, Chairman, Shedrack Agediga Foundation, Pastor Edougha, Director of Programs, SAF, Mr. Johnbull Ogoibiri, Chairman, Ogulagha Community, Hon. Vincent Oyinbode, Commissioner Urhobo Ethnic Nationality, DESOPADEC, Pastor Ijomah Oneill, The Bridge Church, Warri, Chief Samuel Timiyan, Pastor Florence Micah JP, Chairperson Ogulagha Community.
Others that were in attendance include: Eyowei Izoukumo, Vice President, Ogulagha Youths Association, Mrs. Egbo Ejiro, Principal of Ogulagha Secondary School, Staff and students of Ogulagha Secondary School, representatives from both government parastastals, NGOs and many others.
Meanwhile, Thepeoplesvoicengr can report that it was all moment to behold as guests at the celebration were not only educated but also had a fun-filled day as the Ogulagha students entertained with the Ijaw Cultural Dance.