By CrossRiverWatch Admin
De Voice of Bakassi Displaced Youth in collaboration with Care Mentors Innovation Network marked the 2017 International Peace Day with a peace talk and peace walk in Ikot Effiom, Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The event which held at the palace of the Ikot Effiom traditional ruler had in attendance the Bakassi Internally displaced persons, members of the host community and security personnels.
Speaking, Mr. Agba Jalingo Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of CrossRiverWatch, represented Mr. Roland Bassey said “a world devoid of conflicts is possible” and it is in search of peace that nations have organized themselves into groups to be able to face it collectively.
Jalingo added that some of the things which bring about conflict and chaos are very much amongst us. He listed some of them to include, climate change, government policies, lack of access to healthcare, injustice amongst others and “hence, the need to build peace in our communities is an ongoing one and must continue till the goal is attained.”
The journalist assured the Bakassi IDP’s of his commitment to always ensure that their plight is constantly in the public and in the realm of public discuss, adding that the “world has not forgotten them.”
Also speaking, Mr. Linus Essien, President De Voice of Displaced Bakassi Youths, asked the Government to clearly demarcate their land from that of the neighboring communities to avoid already brewing conflict.
He also complained about the fact that while land was given to the returnees for the building of houses, none was allocated for farming which is their main source of livelihood and has therefore rendered most them jobless and at the mercy of handouts.
Earlier declaring the event open, a Chief in the IDP camp, Chief Asuquo Okon Asuquo thanked the organizers of the program for finding the community worthy of such a blessing and encouraged them to continue to spread the gospel of peace.
International Peace Day is celebrated every 22nd of September every year.
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