Lawmaker Wants Immediate Solution to Ebonyi/Cross River Communal Clashes

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The Member Representing Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Comrade Chinedu Ogah has called on the Federal Government to urgently wade into the incessant communal crises that have bedeviled Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

This was contained in motion presented before the floor of the Green Chamber under matter of urgent public importance by the lawmaker on Tuesday during the plenary.

Hon. Ogah stated that communities in Ebonyi State and the neighboring Cross Rivers state used to live peacefully until boundary issues and the quest for resource control brought in violent clashes between the neighbors and many lives and properties have been lost in the course of this war.

Comrade Ogah who spoke in an emotion-laden voice reiterated that majority of the people in the affected terrain have been displaced and their farmlands and livestock which are their major sources of livelihood destroyed.

In the motion, he stated, “Ikwo Local Government Area is one of the most populated local government Areas in Ebonyi State with over 800,000 people whose livelihood are dependent on their crops, livestock, local good, shops and other domestic assets. For many years now, Ikwo has been bedeviled by series of inter-communal clashes with neighbouring states and with other communities within Ebonyi State over land disputes and other natural resources deposits.”

He explained that the victims of the clashes are suffering from untold hardships as most of them have been rendered homeless and left at the mercies of all violent attacks and diseases occasioned by lack of food, access to potable water and other basic essentials required to maintain human dignity.

He regretted that all efforts made by both the Government of Ebonyi and Cross Rivers States to restore peace between the two warring communities yielded no positive response as none of the communities agreed to stick to the agreement reached.

The lawmaker emphasized that if urgent steps are not taken to checkmate the menace, more lives would be lost and children displaced from school would resort to crimes and criminality thereby becoming more problem to the society.

He urged the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the NationalEmergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to the affected victims.”

“The Federal Government should provide monetary grants and social programme enrolment for the victims to empower and prevent them from indulging in vices that could endanger them and the society.”

“The National Boundary Commission should commence concrete action in providing lasting solutions to the issues of land dispute between Ebonyi state and Cross Rivers State.”

“The Inspector General of Police should provide adequate security in Ikwo Local Government Area to ensure relative peace and protection of Lives and property until normalcy returns to the troubled area.”

Speaker Gbajabiamila who threw the motion to voice vote, mandated the House Committee on Special Duties and Emergency and Disaster preparedness to ensure implementation.

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