Why I Pioneered PISE-P- Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu

 

 

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has said that his goal for initiating Peace In South East Project (PISE-P) was to foster peace, unity and development in the region.

 

It will be recalled that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu through Vice President Kashim Shettima officially unveiled the project at Bende Local Government of Abia State on Friday.

 

The initiative ultimately canvasses the adoption of a non kinetic approach to resolving the problem of insecurity in south east.

 

A statement signed by Kalu’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Levinus Nwabughiogu quoted the deputy speaker as saying that project also aimed at promoting

reconciliation among communities and individuals affected by past conflicts.

 

He said: When I embarked on the South East Project, my vision was clear — to foster peace, unity, and development in our region through a non-kinetic approach. The South East has long been known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant communities, and enterprising people. Yet, we have faced our fair share of challenges, including socioeconomic disparities, insecurities, political tensions, and occasional conflicts.

 

“Our goals in the South East Project are clear. We aim to promote reconciliation among communities and individuals affected by past conflicts. We recognize the need to address the root causes of conflict, including socio-economic disparities and political tensions. Empowering communities is another crucial goal of the project, providing them with the necessary resources, skills, and opportunities for sustainable development.

 

“We also believe in the power of engaging youth in the peace-building process. By empowering young people with education, training, and leadership opportunities, we are investing in the region’s future. Inclusivity and social justice are core values we aim to foster, ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances, have equal access to opportunities and resources.

 

“Cultivating a culture of peace is essential in our journey. We must promote dialogue, tolerance, and non-violence as core values within our communities. By working towards these goals, we aim to create a more peaceful, prosperous, and inclusive region for all its residents”.

 

Kalu who represents Bende Federal Constituency of Abia State added that the initiative represented a significant milestone in the journey toward lasting peace and development.

 

He however called for inclusion and social justice in the political system.

 

“It is a comprehensive framework that encompasses various strategies, programs, and projects aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict, promoting reconciliation, and empowering communities.

 

“But let us remember that the journey towards peace is not a destination. It is an ongoing process, one that requires our unflinching commitment and dedication. We must continue to foster inclusivity, promote social justice, and empower our youth. We must invest in education, healthcare, and infrastructure. We must create opportunities for economic growth and sustainable development. And above all, we must cultivate a culture of peace, respect, and understanding.

 

“As the Pioneer of Peace in the South East Project, I am deeply grateful for the support and collaboration of each one of you. Together, we have shown the world the power of unity, the strength of diversity, and the beauty of our shared humanity. Let us continue to build upon the foundation we have laid, to strive for a South East that is prosperous, peaceful, and inclusive”, Kalu said.

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