- Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, says he is committed to ensuring that peace returned to warring communities in his domain
- The governor gave the assurance on Friday, October 9 while receiving a delegation at Government House, Asaba
- The governor urged communities with land disputes to exercise restraint in their disagreements
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Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday, October 9 reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring that peace returned to warring communities in the state.
Okowa gave the assurance while receiving the report of the judicial panel of enquiry into the disputed Okpe-Urhobo Forest Reserve from the chairman of the panel, Justice Tessy Diai, at Government House, Asaba.
He urged communities with land disputes to exercise restraint in their disagreements, adding that government could only carry out development programmes when communities were peaceful.
The governor thanked the chairman and members of the panel for the great job they did and assured that the state government would study the report with a view to implementing the recommendations made by the panel.
His words to the panel members:
“We are glad that you gave room to all manner and shades of opinion and that you also conducted public hearings.
“We are glad that a proper survey has been done because what we had before cannot truly be said to be a proper survey.
“We reassure you that as a government we will study the report very quickly and put the recommendations to use.
“We are confident in your recommendations and actions will be taken based on the findings of your recommendations as a panel.
“I thank the communities for allowing peace to reign during the period of the enquiry and I appeal to all warring parties to allow peace to reign as we study the report.”
Earlier, Justice Diai had while presenting the report said that the panel conducted a public hearing and received 11 memoranda and 16 witnesses on the disputed forest reserve.
She thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in the panel and assured that the government would find the panel's recommendations useful.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has called on the federal government to embark on a total reconstruction of the Benin-Warri highway, saying the road has collapsed.
He also urged the government to give urgent attention to the Agbor-Eku road within the state, which he said is also in a deplorable condition.
The governor made the call at an interdenominational thanksgiving service at Government House Chapel, Asaba, on Thursday, October 1 to mark the independence anniversary of the country.
Similarly, Governor Okowa has urged Nigerians to support the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over governance in the country in 2023.
The governor made the call on Sunday, September 27 at a thanksgiving service by the chairman of the Delta state chapter of the PDP, Chief Kingsley Esiso, in Sapele.
He said the PDP would do everything possible with the support of Nigerians to win the 2023 presidential election and restore good governance, including infrastructural development in the country.
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