Wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Dr. Mrs Gloria Diri has emphasized the importance of peace, saying it is a veritable tool to achieve sustainable development.
She also stated that the roles of women are pivotal, adding that their remarkable contributions to nation building cannot be overemphasized.
Mrs Diri further emphasized that the participation and inclusion of women in the developmental agenda of any society, can only be harnessed in an environment where peace thrives.
The wife of the governor, who made the assertion at Bayelsa Women Reorientation/Peace Summit in Yenagoa, reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of women and children.
She said: “No doubt, recent happenings across the world has challenged the multitasking skills of women, leaving space to accommodate more required empowerment in all spheres of human endeavors.
“Suffice to say, that Bayelsa State is not left out in the contentions between the abnormalities and universal acceptable norms, wherein Insecurity, Drug Abuse Addiction, Cultism, Child Trafficking and Abuse, Molestation, Gender Based Violence exists”.
According to her, since inception on February 14, 2020, the Prosperity Government of Senator Douye Diri has continued to preach peace and unity as the bedrock of the administration and every step taken so far buttresses the need for Bayelsans and residents of the State to tow the part of peace.
“As we move into another round of elections, the drums have started beating, beginning with the Local Government Councils, State and National Assembly, let’s settle for peace as women, we don’t want violence because violence has only negative impact on everyone.
“Where there is peace, there will be development, sound education, economic growth and poverty reduction.
“Let us therefore reawaken, redirect our consciousness as women to be alive to our responsibilities, take adequate measures to address the loss of ethical values,, moral decadence and other vices”, she said.
The State Deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, while flagging off the Bayelsa Women Reorientation/Peace Summit acknowledged the significance of women to national development.
He applauded the wife of the governor, for hosting the summit and stressed the need for a more regular, robust discussions around peace building geared towards enshrining peace as a culture.
He pledged government’s resolve to women friendly policies and enjoined women to take a cue from the State Government by preaching Peace and Practicing all the dictates of Peace.