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Ivara Esu leads team to end Ogoja-Yala boundary crisis

Ivara Esu leads team to end Ogoja-Yala boundary crisis

…as leaders of Ntara Waterside, Ogoja and Yahe Communities of Yala praises CRSG efforts to end the border feud between them

Chiefs and community leaders of Ntara Waterside in Ogoja and Yahe in Yala have commended the Cross River State Government’s proactive and historic efforts at bringing a lasting solution to the conflict in the area.

The community leaders who expressed their deep appreciation for the concern exhibited by the Cross River State Government when the Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu, met with Chiefs and leaders of thought from the feuding communities on Monday were delighted that the administration of Ayade has taken keen interest at resolving the conflict through ensuring that there is a permanent demarcation between the communities to ensure lasting unity, peace and development in the areas.

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In his remark at the occasion, Prof. Esu who is also the Chairman of the State Boundary Committee reiterates the State government’s commitment to consolidating its resolution of internal boundary disputes in affected communities in the state.

Professor Esu disclosed that the state has already recorded some major success in the resolution of boundary disputes between the State and its neighbouring States, and aver that the Cross River Government is totally committed to consolidating on the already achieved successes with the intervention of the Cross River Boundary Committee to put an end to the various internal crises in the State.

The Deputy Governor explained that it is in pursuant to the decision of the Cross River State Boundary Committee, towards resolving the lingering boundary disputes that have posed a threat to peaceful co-existence between some communities in the State that he has met with the leaders of thought and Chiefs of the affected communities of Ntara Waterside in Ogoja and Yahe In Yala.

Ogoja and Yala Cross River State Chiefs | Ivara Esu leads team to end Ogoja-Yala boundary crisis | The Paradise News

Advising leaders and representatives of the feuding communities to remain peaceful, he assured them that the Cross River State Government has put in place a mechanism through the instrumentality of the State Boundary Committee, whose mandate is to swiftly resolve reoccurring intra-boundary disputes among affected communities in the State.

“We are making deliberate efforts to resolve all intra-boundary disputes before the expiration of our administration on May 29, 2023” Prof Esu noted.

“Sheath your swords to pave way for the Surveyor-General and his team to plant beacon stones to show the clear boundary lines between the Ntara Waterside and Yahe communities in compliance with the judgement of H.L.M. Butcher of 14th September 1936, Divisional Officer, Ogoja Province to give room for peace, progress and development of your communities” he added.

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Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Ogoja Local Government Area, Hon. Emmanuel Ishabor commended the Deputy Governor for his commitment and involvement in the resolution of boundary disputes within the State and her neighbouring States, notably Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Benue and Ebonyi States as well as his intervention in the resolution of the intra-boundary conflicts across the State.

He also appealed to the traditional institution and members of the affected communities to continuously coexist peacefully and admonished them to understand one another’s perspectives and should not in any situation take the law into their hands by resorting to violence.

Also in his remarks, the Executive Chairman of Yala Local Government Area, Hon. Barr. Fabian Ogbeche said that it is worth noting that successive governments have played significant roles in ending the debilitating conflicts between the two communities.

He, however, explained that the efforts of the present government led by Senator Prof. Ben Ayade with his proactive Deputy Governor who is also the Chairman of the State Boundary Committee, Prof. Ivara Esu is the most remarkable and is highly commendable.

“This is the first time a sitting government will be coming to listen to the lingering feud between Yahe community of Yala Local Government and Ntara Waterside community of Ogoja Local Government Area in Cross River State, it is truly unprecedented, and I assure you, Your Excellency Sir, that the outcome of the meeting shall be binding on us, and will not be taken for granted”, Hon. Ogbeche noted.

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Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, the Paramount Ruler and Chairman of Yala Local Government Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Ogamode Onah Ipuole commended the Deputy Governor for his continuous efforts and proactive approach in responding to and resolving land-related disputes, and pledged their unflinching support to the Senator Ben Ayade led government as well as remain resolute to contribute their quota for peaceful co-existence and development of the Cross society.

The meeting which was held at the Council Hall of Ogoja Local Government had in attendance the Surveyor-General of the State, Surv. John Ada, Permanent Secretary, Security Service Office, Dr Alfred Mboto, State Security Advisers to the Governor (North, South and Central), Councillors and Government functionaries as well as critical stakeholders from the affected communities.

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