The Bayelsa State Government has tasked the people of Odioma in Brass Local Government Area and Nembe-Bassambiri in Nembe Local Government Area to shun conflict and embrace peace, adding that it impedes development and gives bad reputation to the state.
The Deputy Governor, Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (rtd.) stated this in Yenagoa during the inauguration of the sub-committee for the resolution of the lingering boundary dispute between Odioama and Nembe-Bassambiri in Brass and Nembe LGAs, respectively.
Represented by the Commissioner for Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Saviour Ibegi, the deputy governor urged members of the committee to face the real facts and pointed out that government is counting on them to come up with impartial resolutions that would lead to a final resolution of the age-long conflict.
Gboribiogha who is the Chairman of the State Conflict Resolution Committee also implored indigenes of the affected communities to give the committee the enabling support, with a view to resolving the conflict and making Bayelsa proud.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Brass LGA, Hon. Bello Bina said that the era of resorting to violence and killing one another is gone and urged the people of Odioma and Nembe-Bassambiri to have confidence in the sub-committee, which is comprised of people with impeccable character.
In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of the sub-committee and also the Governor’s Special Representative of Ogbia LGA, High Chief Olalibo Osain-Ibokolo, lauded the governor for setting up a conflict resolution committee at the state level and further praised the two council bosses for coming up with the initiative.
According to him, there is no alternative to peace in society and assured that with God and the cooperation of everybody the conflict will be amicably resolved.
While giving his vote of thanks, the Nembe Council boss, Chief Kuroghofa Walter Ben-Wari extolled the state government for the timely intervention and also tasked members of the committee to be transparent and God-fearing to get the expected result, insisting that it would bring lasting solution to the two LGAs and by extension Bayelsa State.
The committee, which is comprised of a Chairman, Chief Olalibo Osain-Ibokolo, Secretary, Sir. Alama Happy Theophilus and ten representatives from each of the two LGAs, was given a seven 7-Point Terms of Reference aimed at identifying the immediate and remote causes of the boundary dispute between Odioma and Nembe Bassambiri over he ownership of Obioku Community.
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