The National Coordinator of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Chief Sheriff Mulade has unveiled the Local Organizing Committee Jersey for the 2022 Ijaw/Itsekiri Peace and Unity Football Tournament. The event took place on Wed. 5th October 2022, at Africa for Peace Center, CEPEJ's Head Office, Ugolo-Okpe near Warri, Delta State.

Speaking at the event, Chief Mulade said that the 2022 version of the tournament is to celebrate the age long peaceful relationship between Ijaw and Itsekiri in the three Warri LGAs of Delta State. He said the football event slated for the 16th of November 2022 to mark the International Day of Tolerance in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, SDG-16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, will climax on 3rd December, 2022.

According to Comrade Mulade, the tournament will hold at Benikrukru and Ugborodo communities in Warri South West LGA. He said the venues were selected strategically: Benikrukru is an Ijaw community, while Ugborodo is an Itsekiri community. This, he said, is to show to the world that both ethnic groups are living in peace and unity, and it will also enable both ethnic groups appreciate the importance of peace and tolerance and work towards sustaining the peaceful coexistence between the two ethnic groups.

On Tuesday September 20, 2022 at the same venue, Comrade Sheriff Mulade inaugurated the LOC to kick start the planning process and arrangement for a successful football tournament. The LOC comprises Hon. Kenneth Nwaomucha, Chairman; Commodore Kingdom Itoko, (rtd), Secretary; Mr. Matthew Itsekure, PRO; Mr. Victor Tonlagha, Director of Finance; Omoboye Abosede, Director of Welfare; Mr. Azuka Chiemeka, Director of Media; Amb. City Ojouworo, Director of Mobilization; and Hon. Raymond Pirah, Director of Security.

Others are Dr. Jeffrey Wilikie, Asst. Director of Finance; Mr. Philemon Ugedi, Asst. Director of Security; Mr. Bright Tortor, Director of Mobilization, Benikrukru community; Hon. Aboyewa Ikpoto, Director of Transport/Logistics; Hon. Bethus Ayotan, Asst. Director of Transport/Logistics; Mr. Wison Ejeh, Director of Mobilization, Ugborodo community; and Hon. Paul Kirifide, Organizing Secretary.

The Ijaw/ Itesekiri Peace and Unity Football Tournament is a biannual football competition organized by Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, sponsored by Comrade (Chief) Sheriff Mulade to promote peaceful coexistence between both ethnic groups after a period of disunity, crisis and disaffection. It is also to promote unity and socio-economic development, as well as discover football talents at the grassroot level in Warri Area and other parts of Delta State.

Highlights of the event were the presentation of jerseys to the committee members by the National Coordinator of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade (Chief) Sheriff Mulade, as well as a group photograph. The event was well attended by the local organizing committee, LOC members and other peacebuilding organizations, and supporters.

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