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Nigeria needs peace for sustainable development – Pelican CEO

Nigerians have been admonished to cultivate peace in order to overcome the country’s current social economic and security challenges.

Real estate entrepreneur and CEO of Pelican Valley Nigeria Limited, Ambassador (Dr) Babatunde Adeyemo, gave the admonition on Saturday after his investiture as International Peace Advocate by the United Nations Possittive Lives Award Centre.

Adeyemo who explained that peace was needed for development, urged Nigerians to join hands to build an harmonious country where sustainable progress and development becomes a norm.

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Speaking on the theme of 2024  International Day of Multilateralism & Diplomacy for Peace, “Uniting for a Peaceful & Sustainable Future” the real estate guru maintained that Peace is very crucial for a stable world, adding that the United Nations as a global body has been championing the path of peace in many troubled spots around the world.

Adeyemo who is the brain behind Pelican Valley Estate Laderin Abeokuta Pelican Valley Brief Estate Pelican’s Ecostay Apartments and Pelican Greenish Acre Farm Estate at Kobape corridor of Ogun State, in his remark commended the foundation for deeming him worthy of the appointment and pledged to dedicate more of time and resources to peace building.

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He said, “I take my appointment and investiture as International Peace Advocate as a call to dedication and more commitment to Peace building, Peace Making and Peace Sustenance for progress, development and harmonious living.

“I can’t talk about myself in this task of Peace Making without mentioning the Pelican Valley because it has become quite difficult for anybody to separate me from the Pelican Valley Nigeria Limited. It is not just a household name in championing due diligence, integrity and value for investments in Nigeria’s real estate industry but also fostering peace in the society and communities.

“We identify youth unemployment as a threat to peace and it is the reason that 98% of our workforce is made of youths -we make them productively engaged by creating direct and indirect jobs for them through our real estate business and thereby steering them away from conducts and associations inimical to societal and communal peace.

“Again, one of the things that create conflicts in families and communities today is also land acquisition and land dispute. You might have heard of the Omoniles and the Ajagungbales and the multiple risks associated with their activities. In other parts of the country, their names may vary but their violent activities are almost similar.

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“In real estate business, land is a major raw material and Pelican Valley has been acquiring this raw Material to build its estates in a manner devoid of litigations, violence or police cases because we adopted due diligence as our rule of engagement. 

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“So, as said earlier, I see my appointment and investiture as a call to sacrifice my time and resources towards Peace building.”

Earlier in his speech, the Deputy Country President, UN – POLAC Foundation, Ambassador Peter Ohagwa, emphasized the role of multilateral diplomacy in achieving sustainable peace and development in society, communities and nation while also reminding Nigerians that to have a peaceful country is a shared responsibility.

Ohagwa, an engineer, therefore appealed for the cooperation of federal, states, corporate entities and the citizenry join hands together for peace and its sustainability in Nigeria.

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He also urged the Federal Government to establish a taskforce to be known as Nigerian Forest, Community Guard and Bush Surveillance (NFCBS) and armed necessary training and equipment to police the forests across the country and rid them of kidnappers, bandits and insurgents.

Eminent inducted at the occasion alongside Pelican Valley CEO include the Human Settlement Advisor on Durable Solutions for IDPs, Refugees, Returnees, and Host Communities with the United Nations system in Nigeria, Dr. Okafor Christian, the Principal Medical Officer of Cottage Hospital Dumne, Song, Dr. Abubakar Iliyasu, the Managing Director and CEO of Platform Petroleum Ltd, Mr. John Anim, the CEO of Eleo Design Int’l and the Managing Director of Eleo Design Centre for luxury product showrooms, Lydia Okodogbe, Real Estate consultant and Chief Operations Officer(COO) of Gidi Real Estate Investment Ltd, Ayorinde Isaac Ejioye and the CEO of Universa Nigeria Ltd, and founder, Crosstee Telecoms Nigeria Ltd, Dr. Ben Adeniji among others.

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