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In Awka, Rotary Club, others hold Joint Fellowship Peace Seminar on Anambra election



ROTARY Club of Awka Central,  Zone 13, in District 9142, Nigeria, recently held Joint Fellowship Peace Seminar, partnering  National Orientation Agency  (NOA) and Rotaract Club on sensitisation on Anambra Gubernatorial election, themed “Rotary Promoting Peace Through Citizens Participation in Elections, the Role of INEC Civic Responsibilities of Citizens.”

  In attendance during the seminar were the state Director, NOA, Charles Nworji,  Election Manager, INEC, Rtn Lechukwu Ugonma, Rtn Timothy Nwabunwanne, the District Secretary, Rtn Christian Agala, Past Assistant Governor in the District, Rtn Dennis Ekemezie, the Anambra state Membership Chair, Rtn Lilian Onyenyionwu among many others.

  Speaking to newsmen, Nworji called on every eligible voter in the state to come and exercise their franchise and urged them to exclude all form of violence.

  “Anambra State has not been known as a hut bird of violence. I call on all the electorate and entire citizens to comport themselves in the best manner they can as Anambra State has not been known for violence and ensure to cast their votes according to their choice of candidate. Rotary is a vehicle for peace. We agreed to partner with Rotary in order to ensure that  violence id  minimised in the state. Rotary possesses the potential to deliver this message of peace”, he said.

  Nworji further said that having known Rotary as a vehicle for peace, it is an opportunity to sensitise the general public through Rotary and urged both INEC and security agencies to put all hands on deck to ensure that the election holds as expected.

  In her speech during the seminar, Rtn Ugonma stated that electorates have the responsibility of the election, adding that a registered PVC is the right of every electorate who has grown up to 18 years and is a citizen of the state.

  In her words, “you have the right to vote and right to be voted for. You have the right to know everything that goes during an election using your PVC. We make sure that during election, you are allowed to vote”.

  Also speaking, the Visionary President of the club, Rotarian Onyekachi Iruka described Rotary as none partisan and none political organisation, adding that Rotary has gone as far as instituting a scholarship program at Masters degree level with few universities around the world on peace studies.

  He also said that the youthful arm of Rotary known as Rotaractors will help to sensitise the young persons on the need to stop election violence, noting that peace brings about prosperity, advancement  and economic boom.

  Iruka commended the National Orientation Agency for partnering with them to ensure that the citizens are well sensitised about the forthcoming election.

  The president, Rotaract Club of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Rtr Onwudiwe Chukwuemeka said that Rotary was always interested in the peace of every nation even as it has high contribution in the World Health Organisation through eradication of polio and others, adding that the citizens avoid being used to cause violence during the election.

  The seminar was held at the Crescent Spring Hotel, Awka.

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