EXECUTIVE Secretary, Anambra State Boundary Committee Jude Okoli has called on people of Ezinimo Village, Eziowelle and Uruoji Village, Ogidi, to toe the path of peace as the boundary committee is handling their boundary matter.
Mr Okoli, who led members of the state’s Boundary Technical Team on an inspection visit to the area assured the feuding communities of government’s resolve to bring about lasting and peaceful solution to their tussle.
“Government is worried at increasing number of inter community clashes springing up from different parts of the state, mainly linked to boundary disputes.
“We will not sit by and watch any other part of the state to degenerate into anarchy,” he noted.
The traditional ruler of Eziowelle, Igwe Michael Okonkwo Etusi, who received the technical team in his palace, acknowledged the fact that the committee was saddled with a rather difficult task of settling boundary disputes often in very difficult terrains.
Igwe Okonkwo Etusi observed that “the committee is not expected to be perfect as we are all humans; it is expected that your operations and survey analysis should be based on the truth.
“You should strive to be fair at all times, so as not to lose the confidence of the people.”
His counterpart from Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido, in his remarks while receiving the technical team in his palace at Ogidi ,said: “Lasting peace comes through dialogue rather than war”.
He prayed that the intervention of the committee would further bring lasting peace, progress and unity within the two communities.
In their different submissions, Chairman of Ezinimo Village, Eziowelle, Chief Mike Nwoba and his counterpart from Uruoji Village, Ogidi, Mr Nonso Okaro both urged their people to remain peaceful as they had implicit confidence in the committee to resolve their matter.
According to them, the communities have never been involved in any form of communal clash, even in the face of provocation. They called on their people to maintain the cordial relationship existing between them.
In a vote of thanks, a stakeholder from Uruoji Village, Ogidi, Dr Reuben Okwuosa, applauded the Gov. Willie Obiano-led administration for ensuring that the safety and security of the citizens were always paramount in his agenda.
Dr Okwuosa urged the communities to be truthful in their submissions so as to enable the committee to do thorough jobs at resolving their boundary issue.