Public health expert preaches importance of peace
A public health physician, senior lecturer at the University of Lagos and Executive Director of Peace Arena for Youth Foundation (PAY-F), Dr. Doyin Ogunyemi, has emphasised why peace should be promoted in Nigeria.
Ogunyemi, who stated this during the official launch of PAY-F, a non-governmental organisation, in Lagos, said youths were prosecutors of 90 to 95 per cent of all violent conflicts in the country and also the main victims of violence, reason it is important for them to be educated on the importance of peace in society.
The foundation, according to her, will provide education on leadership and peace-building using Peacejam’s international education programme among young people in schools and communities.
She said: “We realise that the rate of youth violence has increased in Nigeria and many developing countries over the years. This, not only contributes to the global burden of premature deaths, injury and disability, but also has a serious and often lifelong impact on a person’s psychological and social functioning.”
Ogunyemi added that the objective of PAY-F was to empower people with leadership and conflict resolution skills and to improve their interpersonal relationships and team-building capabilities, while providing opportunities for budding leaders to take action in their local communities and promote more peaceful and prosperous societies by advocating fairness, equity and justice.
Chairman of the programme, Deacon Seye Agboola, said the importance of peace in the life of every nation could not be over-emphasised, adding that no country can achieve greatness without a peaceful co-existence among its citizens.