By Adaobi Nsofor 

Awka, Jan. 20, 2020 (MOI) As part of measures to bring about lasting peace in the ongoing land crisis between Aguleri and Umueri Communities, Anambra State Government has inaugurated a 15-member Panel of Inquiry to look into the crisis rocking the two communities. 

In a speech during the inauguration, Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke said that the problem between Aguleri and Umueri had been ongoing for some time and called for serious attention to be paid in ensuring a solution. 

Dr Okeke read out the terms of reference for the committee which includes establishing the immediate cause of the dispute that occurred between Aguleri and Umueri communities and to interview the families that own the parcel of land in dispute. 

“I pray that this committee will make headway in solving the problem in no distant time. 

“By the time we are done, the ultimate goal is to see that there is lasting peace between these communities and possibly other ones around them,’’ Dr Okeke said. 

Chairman of the Committee, retired Air Vice Marshal Ben Chiobi on behalf of the committee pointed out, “it is the wish of the Governor that the crisis between Aguleri and Umueri will come to an end. 

“The committee has three weeks to complete the assignment. With the quality of men and women here in this committee, I believe that within the limit of time that has been allotted for this assignment, we will give it our best shot.’’ 

“We hope to be used as a reference point in solving so many of such conflicts whenever they arise in our State,’’ Chiobi emphasised. 

He then counseled the Traditional Rulers to speak to their subjects to explore the alternative dispute resolution mechanism while the government would use the resources available to bring lasting peace in the communities. 

The other committee members include Attorney General of the State, Dr Mrs Uju Nworgu, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the State Government Office, Mrs Ndidi Onuigbo, Commissioner for Lands, Mr Bonaventure Enemali. (MOI)

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