ROAD TO LASTING PEACE: Delegation Of O’oba, Itega-Okpame Communities Meet With C’River Assembly Members On Recent Communal Clash

By Ebriku John Friday

Following the motion on the floor of the House by Rt Hon Regina Anyogo on the crisis between O’oba and Itega-Okpame communities, the both communities were invited today by the Cross River State House of Assembly to interface with them and to know the root cause of the problem between them.

Rt Hon Anyogo is the Deputy Chief Whip and Member, representing Yala 1 State Constituency. The both communities are part of O’Oh Ward in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.

It would be recalled that, In another quick response to the very important Motion moved on the floor of the House by Rt. Hon. Regina Anyogo requesting the immediate attention of CRS Govt to the recent communal clashes between OBA and ITEGA, Cross River State House of Assembly set up a committee to investigate the root course of the matter.

The five-man committee which is Chaired by Rt.Hon. Mathew Olory member representing, Akamkpa 1 State Constituency and House committee Chairman on Local Government Affairs and Rt. Hon. Regina Anyogo as the representative of the two Communities and the entire good People of Yala 1 State Constituency, they sent messages inviting some critical leaders and elders to appear before the House Committee in Calabar, the people involved appeared today in Calabar.

They interfaced with the Cross River State House Committee, they discussed and had a fruitful discussion aimed at making a lasting peace, the committee will now visit to the two Communities for some investigations .

Each of the community were represented by five delegates, led by Special Adviser to the Governor on New City Development, Hon Boniface Okache for Itega-Okpame and Special Adviser to the Governor on Grants and Economic Empowerment, Hon Francis Peters for O’Oba. Others include for Oba: Hon Peter Oko, Christopher Wonah, Jacob Ogbor and Chief Lawyer Obe. For Itega-Okpame are, Hon Sylvanus Acra Okachie, Lawrence Ochoga, Chief Oloko Ugbada Owo and Raphael Oko.

While Hon Anyogo hinted that outcome of the meeting will be communicated accordingly, she expressed satisfaction over the meeting with the delegation from the communities and assured the committee will do a thorough job that will restore love and peace for sustainable development.

It also gathered that a delegation of the House will soon visit Yala for an on the spot assessment of the situation and see the disputed land for her self to enable her proffer enduring and lasting solution.

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