Amah Baldwin, Enugu
The dispute over large expanse of land between Akaeze and Okpanku, two border communities of Ebonyi and Enugu has attracted the attention of governments of both states.
At an emergency meeting held in Enugu to douse the raging dispute, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, called on the National Boundary Commission to intervene urgently.
The meeting was between the Deputy governor and her opposite number from Ebonyi state Mr. Kelechi Igwe. Chief Mrs. Ezeilo recalled that the two neighbouring states had maintained what she called “robust relationship” stressing that concerted efforts should be made to sustain it.
The Deputy governor appealed to the residents of the disputing communities to sheathe their swords and allow the relevant government agencies to settle the matter in the interest of peace.
Ezeilo commended the Ebonyi deputy governor for initiating the peaceful consultation, adding that the state government would do everything to bring the tussle to an amicable end. Earlier, Igwe said that he was in Enugu to work out a lasting solution to the impasse between Ihenta in Akaeze, Ebonyi and Okpanku in Aninri, Enugu state before it degenerated.
He said that it had become imperative to get the affected communities to respect protocols established in respect of the boundary pending a final resolution. The deputy governor said that the two states needed to work out a lasting solution by mapping out a permanent boundary in the designated areas.
“We have to do everything within the law to protect the lives and property of our people,” Kelechi Igwe said. Igwe solicited the cooperation of the residents of the concerned communities in finding a lasting solution to the problem.