By Ndu Samuel
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on peace building and Security, Comrade Ezekiel Daniel has said that the media has indispensable role to play if the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will achieve peace and security.
Comr. Daniel Ezekiel disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Union of Journalists temporal Secretariat to seek the support of the media towards peace building effort of the government.
He stated that the decision to liaise with the media in the push for actualization of peaceful and crime free Delta was born out of the realization that no government or person in position of authority can succeed without the collaboration of the media.
The SSA affirmed that so far in his three weeks old appointment, he had visited some flashpoints in the state, including Ovwian to hold meetings with them on the need to sustain the peace initiative of the SMART Governor of Delta State.
He also said that he had visited Sapele Local Government Area to have on the spot assessment of the area now being largely infested by alleged Yahoo Plus criminals, maintaining that at the meeting with some youths in the area, he charged them on the need to be on the watch out for anything that impedes security and undermines peace in Sapele and Delta in general.
According to the SSA, “Since my appointment in the last three weeks, I have taken proactive steps to prove that youths are equal to effecting change in our State and country.”
“Realising that peace is the template for the desired progress and development, and upon which security and vigilance cannot be overlooked; based on this, we are deploying every legitimate means – Advocacy, Collaborative effort and others to bring about peace in our State.”
“To achieve this agenda of the Governor towards a Stronger Delta, we need the media to effectively deliver on our mandate. Thank you for opening your door to welcome us.”
In his reaction, the NUJ Chairman, Delta State Chapter, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu thanked Ezekiel for the visit, nothing that such collaborative move shows he already knows what to do to effectively deliver on his mandate.
“For you to realise the importance and role of the media in your assignment means you know what to do already. You must try as much as possible to diligently deliver on mandate.”
“Again, you must endeavour to harness the capacity and potentials of the youths as critical in your agenda for a secure, violent free and peaceful Delta”, Ikeogwu advised.