WHY WE INAUGURATED 18-MEMBER COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE PEACE IN AGULERI, UMUERI COMMUNITIES
By Ifeanyi C Nwegbo
Otuocha (Anambra East), May 22, 2018 (MOI) Anambra State Government has explained rationale behind the inauguration of 18-member `Peace Committee’ to promote peaceful co-existence among Aguleri and Umueri communities.
The peace committee was the initiative of the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar.
``There is the need to deliberately create the body to ensure there is calm in the area, so that ongoing development projects in the area will not be disrupted.’’
The committee would work in two fold; the committee has from Umueri side, Chief Sam Umeadi as the Chairman and Mr Jekwu Aniekpe his secretary.
And from Aguleri side, the Chairman of the Committee is Chief Ralph Igwah and his Secretary, is Mr Udemezue.
The committees have been tasked to restore peace between the two warring communities.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Anambra East council area (LGA), Mr Pius Ifeadi inaugurated a 9-member (Aguleri) committee in the presence of Igwe Christopher Idigo of Aguleri.
Igwe Ben Emeka of Umueri and Transition Committee Chairman also supervised the setting up of the 9-member Umueri committee.
Both traditional rulers were tasked to liaise with presidents’ general of the two communities to ensure that the terms of the peace accord were not broken.
The traditional rulers have since urged the youths of Aguleri and Umueri to join in the peaceful resolution of the age-long conflict.
Igwe Idigo expressed happiness that the long awaited peace among the communities had since arrived.
He, then, enjoined the committee to avoid anything capable of causing `war’ so that the two communities would remain peaceful.
The traditional ruler of Umueri, Igwe Emeka on the other hand noted that ``Umueri and Aguleri must seek to maintain peace among them’’.
He admonished the youths of both communities not to take laws into their hands.
Igwe Emeka while urging them to listen to their leaders, brought to their notice Gov. Willie Obiano's skills acquisition facility and empowerment, which could help them to develop skills that would make them self-reliant.
Chief Igwah and President-General, Chief Pius Okonkwo and Chief Umeadi were
happy over the peace initiative. (MOI)