Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has called on the people of the state to be vigilant, promote the spirit of harmonious living and shun divisive tendencies.
Governor Ahmed said this while declaring open the Peace Summit jointly organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications, National Orientation Agency, Passion for Peace Initiative and Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin.
He said the country cannot achieve development and growth in atmosphere of rancour, violence and acrimony, pointing out that anywhere in the world deprived of peace can never witness growth and development.
The Governor charged the organisers of the programme and all stakeholders to sustain the peace initiative, saying that the event could not have come at a better time.
Governor Ahmed noted that the state government had commenced implementation of the recommendations of panels set up on past communal clash.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Mahmoud Babatunde Ajeigbe, lauded the state governor for approving the directorate of Public Orientations in the Ministry to wage war against indiscipline and educate the people on peaceful and harmonious relationship.
Alhaji Ajeigbe stressed the need to reduce inter regional and ethnical divides, religious conflicts, ethnic conflict and brace up for peace for even development and growth of the nation.
In his address of welcome, the State Director of National Orientation Agency, Mr. Felix Olowokere described the summit as epoch making event, taking into consideration the peaceful and harmonious relationship in the state, despite the ethnic and religious conflicts in the state.
Mr Olowokere, who therefore emphasised sustainable peace and tolerance among different ethnic and religious groups in the state, said sustainable growth and development can only be visible in the country when peace, unity, and religious tolerance occurs.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of Passion for Change Initiative, Mr. Lekan Jimoh George, said the Non Governmental Organisation decided to embark on the programme to protect sanctity of human lives and ensure peaceful co-existence for sustainable growth and development in the country.
The Peace Summit was attended by members of the State Executive Council, the Emir of Shonga, Doctor Haliru Ndanusa Yahyah, immediate past Grand Khadi Shariah Court of Appeal, Retired Justice Saliu Oloruntoyin Mohammed, General Managers of Media Organizations, members of the academic among others.