By Innocent Orok
The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade has inaugurated a five man committee to resolve the age -long boundary disputes in four communities in Cross River State.
The communities are Ebom/Ebiaghara and Ediba/Usumutong communities in Abi Local Government Areas.
According to Governor Ben Ayade
” I just inaugurated a 5- man committee to end the age-long boundary disputes in four communities in Cross River State.
This committee is a Peace, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation Committee to resolve age-long land disputes between Ebom/Ebiaghara and Ediba/Usumutong communities in Abi local government area of the state.”
The five-man committee is headed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former Senate Majority Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba. “I seriously frown at the destruction and loss of lives in the four communities arising from the land dispute.
” I charged the committee to come up with recommendations that would “seek ways and means to bring lasting peace to the people of Ebom, Ebijaghara, Ediba and Usumutong people, to put a lasting peace and bring hope to our people”.
” The choice of Senator Ndoma Egba, Ayade as Chairman is based on his antecedents as a SAN. Sen. Egba has reached the pinnacle of his profession, the profession of dispensing justice and fairness.
“As a SAN, he has deep experience of Cross River State. His history is as old as the new renaissance of Cross River. He knows all the key players by name, his image and towering influence should be able to calm the nerves and sit everyone down on a negotiating table and agree.
” This is a call from Almighty God because the amount of bloodshed has reached an unacceptable limit, the level of wanton destruction has become cataclysmic.
Sen. Ndoma Egba have a duty to ensure that this committee performs her duty with dispatch.
“Their white paper will determine the amount of houses to be built in these communities, water supply , rural electrification, solar installations, all of this will form a product of their report”, Ayade said.