ABIA TO CHECKMATE ESCALATION OF BOUNDARY SQUABBLES.
MARCH, 6TH, 2018
Abia State Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu has assured that the state will always take proactive measure/action to curtail possible outbreak of hostilities as result of internal boundary skirmishes especially now that the planting season is around the corner.
Sir Okochukwu who spoke at Government House Umuahia during a meeting between Umuobasi – ukwu, in Ozuitem and Amamba Uzuakoli communities both in Bende Local government reiterated government desire to ensure that peace prevail in all nooks and crannies of the state.
Sir Okochukwu stated that the present administration was committed towards rapid development of the state by implementing its agrarian policies to increase food production in the various communities of the state.
The deputy governor made it clear that it would be unacceptable to him as the chairman of the state Boundary Committee for any community to engage in hostilities with their neighbors as a result of boarder skirmishes thereby disrupting the current atmosphere of peaceful existence.
He urged the two communities to embrace peace and resolve their boundary issues amicably within a month and inform the government of its outcome.
The Deputy governor reminded communities in the state that land matters are ordinary issues that should not be allowed to escalate into serious unnecessary violence and spilling of blood among those who ought to be brothers and commended the traditional rulers of both communities for their peaceful disposition in seeking ways of bringing lasting solution to the problem.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Boundary and Conflict Resolution, Chief Imo Mascot Obike said the meeting was convened to seek ways of resolving their boundary issues as no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour.
In their separate speeches, the traditional ruler of umuobasi ukwu ozuitem , Eze john Akaniru and his Amamba Uzuakoli counterpart, Eze uchendu Okorie and Eze Azubuike oche of umuachama Amamba uzuakoli thanked Chief Imo mascot Obike for conveying the meeting and promised their commitment and desire to ensure peaceful coexistence between their communities.