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The Rotaract Club of Federal University Otuoke has organized its 1st International Conference on research and Development with a lecture on “Why do we reinforce Violence? Sensitizing on peaceful behavior as a strategy for Conflict Prevention in the Niger Delta Region”
Speaking on the topic, the guest Lecturer Dr. Raimi Lasisi gave a background of the Niger Delta region as a strategic economic interest for International Oil Companies (IOCs), Nigeria and the World.
Noting that Violence has led to significant distortions in business operations and a fall in revenue for government, Dr. Lasisi argued that the reward of Warlords without meaningful development of the region gave rise to the resurgence of new Militias.
Positing for a reversal of the new trend, the eloquent Speaker called for a sustainable role modelling process where people are rewarded for positive behaviours as others strive to be like them.
He further called on government to be proactive in delivering development and also reward nonviolent change actors with national honours to de-emphasize violent behaviours.
Commending the guest Lecturer, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Seth Accra Jaja said the lecture was apt and timely especially in this era when new Militant groups are reemerging in the Niger Delta Region.
He said the University will make efforts to organize an International Conference where the topic of the lecture will be extensively discussed as a Contribution towards encouraging lasting peace in the region
The Rotaractors later paid a courtesy visit on the Vice Chancellor in his office.
During the visit the President, Rotaractor Gospel Edoho John informed the Vice Chancellor of the major Programs lined up including Roll out Malaria Campaign within the University and its environs, Basic Education and Literary Projects within Ogbia Local Government area and also collaboration with management in their humanitarian activities.
Highlight of the visit was Conferment of Grand Patron honours on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Seth Accra Jaja by the Club in FUO.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor thanked the group for their visit and award promising to support them in their activities and also lend a voice to their campaign to set up a Rotary Club in FUO.
Prof. Accra Jaja concluded by advising the students to avoid Cult related activities which will be contrary to the ideals of Rotary Club.