Delta To Resolve Boundary Dispute With Edo Communities -Agas
    /    July 17, 2017   /    0 Comments  /    803 Views

THE Delta State Government has assured Umutu community in Ukwuani Local Government Area and Ovre-Eku and other communities in Ethiope East Local Government Area that it will take necessary steps towards finding lasting solution to the lingering boundary (land) dispute between Umutu and Urhonigbe community in Edo State and between Ovre-Eku, other communities in Delta and Edo States.
The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, gave the assurance when he led a high powered delegation on a fact- finding visit to Umutu and Eku communities at the weekend. He reiterated the irrevocable commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration to the safety of lives and property of all Deltans, adding that “we will work with all relevant information/documents and also liaise with the National Boundary Commission with a view to finding lasting solutions to the lingering boundary dispute.”
He averred that the present administration has the political will to wade into the matter and advised Umutu, Ovre and other communities to remain calm and maintain the peace, reminding them that taking the laws into their hands was counter-productive.
The SSG commended the communities for their peaceful disposition over the years, despite series of attacks and provocations, assuring them that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.
“We feel your pains and sufferings. Government will not let you down. The present administration, under the watch of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is focused and the wellbeing of the people is dear to his heart. Delta and Edo States have a
cordial relationship. We will do the needful to ensure that the lingering boundary dispute is resolved amicably.”
Earlier at the palace of the Okpala-Uku of Umutu, Chief Anthony Nwachukwu, on behalf of the community had chronicled the genesis of the boundary dispute between Umutu and Urhonigbe communities and appealed to the state government to wade into the matter and put paid to the lingering boundary disputes.
He commended the state government for the fact -finding visit to Umutu, affirming that the visit has rekindled their hope as well as given them a new lease of life and the reason to believe that indeed, Governor Okowa’s administration does not toy with the well being of the people.
In their separate remarks at Eku, the Chairman, Forum of Communities in Delta State sharing boundary with Edo State, Chief Abel and others narrated their ordeal and sufferings in the hands of alleged agents of Presco Oil Plc, saying that they have not only been chased away from their ancestral home, but also subjected to untold hardship, poverty and hunger as their farmlands have been forcefully taken over by the company.
They applauded the team for the visit, even as they passionately appealed to the state government to wade into the matter so as to save them from hunger and deprivation which may eventually lead to death.
It could be recalled that the fact finding visit was sequel to motions of urgent public importance moved by the Member representing Ukwuani Constituency,

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