Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron Joshua Okpo had been recognized as a Global Peace Ambassador.
This award was conferred on Okpo by a body known as the International Organisation of Advocates for Global Peace and Development.
Against the backdrop of this recognition, Okpo inaugurated a Peace Trust Fund Committee known as Ambassador Joshua Okpo Peace Trust Committee.
Then committee, according to him, is to promote peace within the community and in the country.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Committee in Oron last Friday, Okpo expressed concern over the tense atmosphere that surrounded the national elections and urged members not to relent on their role of being agents of peace in their spheres of influence.
“Nigeria is going through trying times, elections are coming, the drums of war are beating, preach peace wherever you go. This country, our country must remain one,” he said.
He explained that from the day the award was conferred on him, he had ceased to be a private person and expressed optimism over the capability of persons in the Trust Fund to deliver.
Okpo reiterated that dedication to duty and hard work were the needed recipe to fast track global peace mandate, which is the basis for which the committee was established.
“You are to raise funds within and outside the country with the sole purpose of committing the funds to the wellbeing of mankind. You are also to intercede on issues that bother on refugees, war victims and all other people who are being deprived, in one way or the other,” he told members of the committee.
He also urged the committee to establish a working secretariat in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States, which will create channels of communication with other humanitarian organisations the world over.
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