Peace to Return to Amazaba, Ikot Akpan Udo in Akwa Ibom May 25, 2012Posted by Ibompulpit in Government, News, Society.
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Peace to Return to Amazaba, Ikot Akpan Udo in Akwa Ibom
Peace will soon return to the Amazaba community of Eastern Obolo Local Government Area and Ikot Akpan Udo village of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area after a communal clash between them which led to the destruction of lives and property and internal displacement of the people of the two communities four years ago.
The imminent peace is as a result of the resolve of the leaders of the two communities to embrace peace during their meeting with the State Boundary Committee chaired by the State Deputy Governor, Mr. Nsima Ekere, on Thursday.
Consequently, to drive the peace process, the State Boundary Committee has set up two committees, the Peace and Reconciliation Committee, headed by Chief Effiong Eneyo, a member of the State Boundary Committee, and a Boundary Delineation Committee led by Surveyor Okokon Essien, the State Surveyor-General.
The Deputy Governor, who announced this after the meeting, named other members of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee to include the Member representing Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo/Mkpat Enin Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr. Akpan Micah Umoh, the Member representing Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Aboh Uduyok, the Transition Committee Chairmen and Paramount Rulers of the two local government areas, the State Commissioner of Police or his representative, the Director of State Security Service or his representative, the Divisional Police Officers of the two local government areas, and the Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ikot Abasi, Rt. Rev. John Koko-Bassey.
The Divisional Police Officers of the two local government areas, the Clan Head of Ukpum Ete in Ikot Abasi, and the Chairman of the Amazaba Council of Chiefs, are to work with the State Surveyor-General in the Boundary Delineation Committee.
The Deputy Governor also directed the State Commissioner of Police to establish a centrally-located Police formation, with the assistance of the Chairmen of the two local government areas, to replace the existing two Police units located in each of the two communities.
He asked the Peace and Reconciliation Committee, which has a time frame of one month, to liaise with the elders and chiefs of the two communities to work out a lasting peace between them while the Boundary Delineation Committee was mandated to determine and delineate the exact boundary between the two communities. Mr. Ekere expressed confidence in the composition of the two committees and hoped that the Peace and Reconciliation Committee would complete its work on time to enable a memorandum of understanding to be signed between the two communities at the next meeting of the State Boundary Committee with them scheduled for Thursday, June 28, 2012.
He described the boundary dispute as unfortunate and a very sad commentary on the history of the people of the two local government areas who have been noted for peace and integrity, emphasizing that no community could develop in an atmosphere of strife.
Mr. Ekere commended the resolve of the elders, chiefs and youths of the two communities for peace, adding that he had noted from their speeches at the meeting that they were tired of war.
He explained that the State Boundary Committee decided to take urgent measures for peace pending the release of the government white paper on the report of the Commission of Enquiry into the conflict which, according to him, was delayed by the inability of the commission to submit its report to government.
The Deputy Governor charged the commission to expedite action on the report and promised that, once it was submitted, the State Government will diligently study it and release a white paper on it.
Other speakers at the meeting all stressed the need for enduring peace between the two communities.
They included the Federal and State Legislators representing the two communities, the Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, Okuku Ime Udousoro Inyang, the Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi, Edidem Justin Ntuk Ubom, the Clan Head of Ukpum Ete, Etebom Clement Idemudo, and a retired Anglican priest, Archbishop Emmanuel Nglass.