Government inaugurates 8-man panel of inquiry for Allah n’ Onugwa/Odekpe communal crisis
By Chisom Okpala/Adaobi Nsofor
Awka, May 21, 2020 (MOI) In a bid to ensure sustainable peace among communities in the state, a panel of inquiry has been inaugurated to look into Allah n’Onugwa and Odekpe communal crisis, both from Anambra West LGA.
The inauguration of an 8-man Committee took place at the office of the Deputy Governor, Government House, Awka on May 20.
Gov. Willie Obiano represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke stressed the need to reconcile the two communities in order to provide lasting solution to the wrangling.
According to the Governor, it is unfortunate that a lot of communal crises are rising now in the state, which is mainly linked to land disputes.
He, then, called on members of the panel to come together and resolve whatever crisis that had been going within the two communities.
The panel has the Traditional Ruler of Igbariam, Igwe Kelly Nzekwe as its Chairman, and Permanent Secretary, office of the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emman Ude-Akpeh as Secretary.
Other members are Member Representing Anambra East and West at the National Assembly, Mr Chinedu Obidigwe, Traditional Ruler of Owelle Community, Igwe Anthony Onyekwere.
The rest are Traditional Ruler of Ukwalla, lgwe Joseph Ajodo, Igwe Sylve Nnoso of Ifite-Anam, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Mr Nwabufo Nwankwo and Mr Patrick Udoba.
The Governor read out the terms of reference to include, ascertaining the immediate and remote causes of the communal dispute between the communities.
The panel would also ascertain the involvement of the major actors, including traditional rulers and stakeholders from the area.
It would also reconcile both communities and proffer lasting solution to the crisis.
The panel would also advise the state government on ways to ensure that communities in Anambra West learn from recent crises in neighbouring communities in the LGA.
The Chairman, Igwe Nzekwe thanked the Governor for finding them worthy, saying that the people selected as members of the panel were knowledgeable on issues of communal crises.
He, then, said that their commitment to ensure that peace returned to the communities within a month.
Addressing newsmen, Mr Obidigwe condemned the ongoing crisis involving Allah n’Onugwa and Odekpe communities, calling on them to see one another as brothers.
He urged them to toe the path of peace in order to attract more development to the area. ``No society can progress without peace.’’.
Mr Obidigwe described the chairman of the panel as someone with good knowledge in crisis management and would do well with his members to bring peace in Allah n’ Onugwa and Odekpe. (MOI)