Rep Raheem Olawuyi Ajuloopin , representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency on Saturday restated his call for unity and peaceful co-existence among the constituents in ensuring the desired community integration.

Ajulo-opin made the call at a one-day training on peace and conflict resolution in Iloffa, Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.

The training was organised by the constituency in collaboration with Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA).

It attracted traditional rulers, community leaders, market women, youths, party members, and other stakeholders, especially in Odo-Owa and Iloffa communities.
Ajulo-opin said only the maintenance of peace, unity, tolerance, could guarantee the desired growth, progress and socioeconomic development envisioned for the constituency.

According to him, the training is a step forward toward bringing the constituents together to iron out notable differences and forge ahead in the collective resolve for a better and transformed constituency.

"Since God in His wisdom has bring us together under one roof, we need to see the need for unity, tolerance and peace co-existence to flourish in our environment.

"This is a step forward to our future destination, so that our incoming generation will see reasons to eschew unnecessary crisis and conflicts and live together in an  harmonious relationship.

"We don't intend to add to the misunderstanding among individuals or communities, but to proffer workable lasting solutions to the persistent crisis as a result of notable differences.

"Its a continual and gradual process in achieving the much cherished cordial relationship in our communities and the constituency as a whole.

"We intend to co-opt the government in this critical process and we are optimistic that with the knowledge gathered here everyone of us would have been equipped with what it takes to achieve the desired objectives" he said.

Mr Akanbi Tunji, Area Commander, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Omu-Aran Command, in his remarks, urged traditional rulers in the communities to close ranks to attract the desired development in their domains.

"There is the need for traditional rulers in every community to close ranks and work in an harmonious relationship devoid of bickering, hatred and backbiting.

"When this happens it will be difficult for any youth or other members of the community to fuel unnecessary acrimony and rancour.

Tunji called for the organisation of periodical sporting events among the communities as a way of bringing about good rapport and peaceful co-existence among the people.

The NSCDC boss also suggested the constitution of peace and conflict resolution committees in the communities, saying that "not all issues and differences should be refer to law enforcement agencies for settlement,".

Mr. Ase Bolarinwa of the Police Area Command, Iloffa, advised the participants to eschew rumour mongering and inter-boundary disputes for peace to reign.

"Rumour mongering brew unnecessary argument which could escalate beyond human comprehension.

"We should try as much as possible, as patriotic citizens, to desist from peddling rumour but we should go the extra-mile to verify our facts to avoid crisis," he said.

Bolarinwa urged the participants, especially youths, to always exercise restraint on issues that has to do with inter-boundary disputes within communities.

Chief Moses Oni, the Odofin of Iloffa, who represented the Alofa of Iloffa, Oba Samuel Dada, called for an urgent solution to the menace of farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the area.

He said the development, if not properly checked, could result to unnecessary inter-ethnic and tribal crisis in the community.

Mrs. Mercy Iyanda, Planning Officer, Border Communities Development Agency, expressed satisfaction with the training attendance and its outcome.

"We have been working on this training project since it was initiated by the Federal lawmaker and ensured that the proposal scale through the budgetary processes.

"Today we are very happy that the initiative has great impact with the large attendance and responses from the participants," she said.

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