Ghana To Host International Conference Of Nigerians In West Africa On Peace, Security And Development

AwakeAfrica/Abuja/July 14, 104/ Ghana will from July 23 to 26, 2014 host an International Conference of Nigerians in West Africa on ‘Peace, Security and Human Development in Nigeria’ in Accra at Sunlodge Hotel.

The conference is organized by Universal Peace Federation (Nigeria) and the UPF Ghana in collaboration with the Nigerian Community in Ghana. The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

The conference according to the Secretary General of UPF Nigeria, Dr. Raphael Ogar Oko is “to convene a special conference of Nigerians in West Africa to deliberate on the challenges that Nigeria is facing at this time, especially with a focus on peace, security and human development”.

A highly selective group of Nigerians and other special delegates from around West Africa will be in attendance, including governmental and non-governmental Ambassadors, government officials and heads of key institutions, women and youth leaders, representatives from governmental and inter-governmental agencies and parliamentarians.

“There is a growing awareness among people throughout the world of the urgent need for innovative vision and bold leadership if we are to resolve the critical issues of our time. With this in mind, the international conference will bring together committed Nigerians and institutions from across West Africa to discuss during the following high level sessions on Peace Building in Nigeria and West Africa; Insecurity in Nigeria and West Africa; Human Development in Nigeria and West Africa; Inter-religious Harmony and Intercultural Dialogue in Nigeria and West Africa; Strengthening ECOWAS through Unity of Nigeria and Integration of West Africa” Dr. Ogar Oko explains.

In addition to the high-level sessions of the international conference of Nigerians in West Africa, the event shall also be used to launch the Nigerian Ambassadors for Peace in Diaspora (West Africa Chapter) Initiative, committing Nigerians outside Nigeria to create a positive image for the nation and support peace building initiatives in their communities.

Nigeria has over the last 5 years been hit by series of terrorists attacked on churches, bus stations, security bases, villages and the famous abduction of over 230 young school girls by the extremist Islamic terrorist group-Boko Haram. It is estimated that over 10,000 people have been killed as result of the activities of Boko Haram since its establishment in 2002 Mohammed Yusuf.

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