DEPUTY Governor of Delta State, Sir Monday Onyeme, FCA, has warned Ebu and Ukala-Okute Communities to desist from erecting permanent structures in disputed land.
Onyeme also, urged the two communities to avoid any action that is capable to cause break down of law and order.
He spoke on Thursday in Asaba at a meeting between the Delta State Boundary Committee of which he is the Chairman and the leaders of Ebu and Ukala-Okute Communities.
“Those who are developing landed properties in the area in dispute should suspend action until the issues at stake are resolved by the state government.
“It is in good that we are all Deltans and we have been brought together by God as members of one family; this meeting was called because we desire peace, we know the value of peace and as such we want to live peacefully among ourselves and we want to enjoy living together like our forefathers lived before us.
“We have heard from both sides, you all want to live peacefully with one another and this is achievable.
“The status quo should remain; all sides should keep the peace and I assure you that government will reactivate every machinery to ensure that this issue is addressed urgently and come out with something good for both communities,” the deputy governor said.
The leader of Ukala-Okwute Community, Rev. Samuel Igbwuike and that of Ebu Community, Chief Kimashinor Nwakalo, who spoke separately agreed to maintain peace pending when the dispute is resolved.
The Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Chief Emamusi Obiodeh, the Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government, Hon. Innocent Esenwezie, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Sir Christopher Osakwe and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Survey, Mrs Gladys Puegeren, were among the government functionaries present at the meeting.