Peace and security are pre-conditions for human survival, stability and development.
The complexity of the existing threats to peace in our country compels us to adopt systemic and emerging trends to our peacebuilding approach.
Bayelsa State and indeed the Niger Delta have come a long way from being a “hot bed of crisis”. We have, through deliberate, collective and determined efforts, created the Bayelsa and by extention, the Niger Delta we have today. Although peace is appealing, it is finite. We must therefore do all in our power to maintain it.
The DC Symposium on the New Frontiers for Peacebuilding urges us to tackle issues that may threaten our peace, providing advanced practical peace making and peacebuilding tools, with a special focus on innovative approaches to peace.
With focus, determination and consistent dialogue, we can manage conflicts, promote resolution and reconciliation.