Government Poised to Stop Inter-Communal Clashes In Anambra

Anambra State Government through an administrative panel on conflict resolution has embarked on measures to guarantee peaceful co-existence among communities in the state.

Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke said this during a meeting with stakeholders and administrative panel of inquiry on Abagana, Ukpo, Enugwu-Ukwu, Nawfia, Enugwu-Agidi and Abba Community crises at Government House, Awka.

Dr Okeke stressed the need for peace to reign in the state, sayng the present administration would continue to strengthen peace and harmony among Ndi Anambra.

The Deputy Governor said he was optimistic that the panel would entrench peaceful co-existence among communities in the state and condemned some bad leaders, who engage in actions that help to undermine peace and progress in the state.

“I know that this government does not like where top government officials, use their powers to influence judgment in the state. The governor condemned such atrocities, irrespective of persons involved”, Okeke said.

Okeke described boundary demarcation as a very difficult task, saying that people tended not to speak the truth on matters concerning land, pointing out that there were many outstanding boundary issues; inter and intra cases.

The deputy governor, then, urged people to emulate the Ogidi-Nkpor peaceful boundary resolution earlier achieved by the two communities themselves without outside intervention.

Okeke, then, pledged that the present administration would continue to institute delimitation at boundaries.

Earlier, Chairman of the Peace Panel, retired Justice Kalajid Chinyere Anigbogu, said that boundary dispute were major cause of conflicts among communities, which should be urgently addressed.

“Our task is to advise Government on how to keep peace and reconcile warring communities,’’ Anigbogu said.

The judge explained that a lack of official map delimitating boundaries of various communities was part of the problem and the creation of local government areas in the state was done without proper survey maps.

Justice Anigbogu, however, emphasised the need to include re-establishment of boundaries in the state’s future budget to substitute the old boundaries established by colonial masters.

Inauguration of flex banners, which should be mounted in every community to help people to reflect on importance of peace took place at the meeting.

7-point terms of reference were reached by the panel as a guide.

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