The United Nations International Association of World Peace Advocates has honoured the Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly, Mr Eteng Jonah-Williams and a member of the Assembly, Mr Hilary Bisong with the UN Peace Ambassador awards on Wednesday in Calabar.
The World Peace President, Amb. Per Stefsen, who honoured the lawmakers with the award at the Speaker’s office, said they were carefully chosen in view of their sterling contributions to peace building in the state.
According to Stefsen, the House of Assembly plays an important role in mediating peace in the state, hence the awards were deserving.
He explained that the mission of the organisation was to “promote peace and Sustainable Development Goals in Africa”.
The World Peace President commended the Assembly for their contributions towards the growth of the state, especially in the area of resolving disputes among warrying communities in the state.
He presented the awardees with the UN SDGs, the UN charter, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the constitution of the organisation.
Responding, the Speaker thanked the UN officials for the honour, thereby pledging the Assembly’s commitment towards peace building in the state.
“We want to specially thank you for this honour. I want to assure you that we will continue to preach peace in our different constituencies for sustainable growth,” he said.
He expressed the Assembly’s readiness to partner with the UN officials with a view to enhance peace in the state.
On his part, Bisong, who represents Boki 2 State Constituency and Chairman, Special Committee on Humanitarian Crisis and Disaster Management, said that the Cameroonian refugees in the state and the host communities have been at peace due to the effort of the Committee.
“In the House of Assembly, we have a duty to communicate between our communities and the refugees and we have been able to sustain the peace.
“We have done alot of visitations within the camp and we are always interfacing with the refugees and the host communities to sustain this peace.
“As a state, we have made provision in the 2020 budget to cater for the welfare of the refugees in the area of health, water, education and sanitation with a view to uplift the infrastructure in the host communities where the refugees are.
“I must commend Gov. Ben Ayade for this gesture because the action have stabilise the refugees in the state,” he said.
He said that during this period of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it was important for people to show love and care to one another, adding that it would go a long way to heal people of the virus.