Delta Govt Reaffirms Commitment to Peace in Warring Communities


Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday reaffirmed his administration’s dedication to guaranteeing that peace returned to warring communities in the state.

The governor gave the reassurance when he obtained the report of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry into the disputed Okpe-Urhobo Forest Reserve from the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Tessy Diai at Authorities Home, Asaba.

He urged communities with land disputes to train restraint in their disagreement, saying that “as soon as lives are misplaced, they’ll’t be recovered”.

He mentioned that the federal government might solely perform growth programmes when communities had been peaceable.

Okowa thanked the chairman and members of the panel for the good job they did and gave an assurance that the state authorities would research the report with a view to implementing their suggestions.

“We should thank God for this present day and we’re glad that you simply completed your work and you probably did a really thorough job.

“Proper from the start when the panel was constituted, we had been positive that we had males with confirmed integrity.

“We’re glad that you simply gave room to all method and shades of opinion and that you simply additionally carried out public hearings.

Delta govt reaffirms commitment to peace in warring communities

“We’re glad {that a} correct survey has been carried out as a result of what we had earlier than can not really be mentioned to be a correct survey.

“We reassure you that as a authorities, we are going to research the report in a short time and put the suggestions to use,’’ he mentioned.

Okowa mentioned the state authorities had confidence in the suggestions of the panel and actions could be taken primarily based on the findings of the suggestions.

“I thank the communities for permitting peace to reign throughout the interval of the enquiry and I attraction to all fighters to enable peace to reign as we research the report,” he mentioned.

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The governor appealed to affected communities to dwell peacefully, assuring that authorities would proceed to do its finest with out sentiment to be certain that all communities in the state lived peacefully amongst themselves.

“We wish to attraction to all of the warring communities to enable peace to reign, enable us room to research this report, put all essential issues in place and the federal government will come out with its place.

“It’s with a peaceable surroundings that authorities can develop the state.

“I guarantee all Deltans that we are going to proceed to do our greatest, God keen, to be certain that all our communities dwell in peace with themselves.

“I do know that there are many areas in Delta the place varied communities are at loggerheads with themselves regarding the possession of lands.

“In some cases, they’ve taken to battle however I’ll like to attraction to the management of our varied communities that they need to please be certain that no matter they do regarding lands, they need to do it in a approach that’s acceptable,’’ Okowa mentioned.

In accordance to him, for communities to take to battle and lives are misplaced, clearly just isn’t proper as a result of even after they settle and lives are misplaced, they don’t seem to be in a position to recuperate such lives.

“We are going to proceed to do our greatest and to be certain that with out sentiments, we are going to help them to dwell in peace.

“When the communities are at peace, Delta is peaceable and we are going to consider creating the state,” the governor mentioned.

Okowa thanked the safety businesses for his or her function in guaranteeing peace in warring communities throughout the state.

He additionally counseled the Particular Adviser on Peace and Battle Decision, Chief Edwin Uzor, for his function in reconciling warring communities in the state.

Earlier, Diai whereas presenting the report, mentioned that the panel carried out a public listening to and obtained 11 memoranda and 16 witnesses on the disputed Okpe-Urhobo Forest Reserve.

She thanked the governor for the boldness reposed in the panel and gave an assurance that the federal government would discover the panel’s suggestions helpful.


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