Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Odukpani crisis: CRSHA calls for deployment of security agencies and relief materials, sets up committee

By Itam Offor

Following a motion filed by Hon. Francis Asuquo, member representing Odukpani state constituency, the Cross River State House Assembly has called on the State  Government to as a matter of  urgency deploy Security Agencies to Idim Ndom and Obom Itiat Communities for constant patrol to prevent further destruction of lives and properties, as well as engage the leaders and stakeholders of Ikot Offiong and Eniong communities in a dialogue towards finding lasting solution to the crisis rocking the local government area, while also calling on National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and its state counterpart SEMA to send relief materials to the victims of the crisis.

Hon. Francis Asuquo who lamented the wanton destruction of lives and properties as a result of several communal clashes on going in his constituency called on the house to as a matter of urgency look to ways which the crisis which he said are scattered in pockets across the local government area.

Deliberating on the matter, members unanimously condemned the reoccurring crisis while  recalling  efforts of the 8th legislature to bring lasting peace to the warring communities which included a joint session with Akwa Ibom State Legislators. They expressed regrets that the crisis which at a point was between Cross River and Akwa Ibom State communities was now between Sister communities adding that urgent steps must be taken to stop the wanton destruction of lives and property.

Consequently, the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Eteng Williams, set up a 5 man special committee to interface with the affected communities. The committee chaired by Member representing Rt. Hon. Friday Opkechi of Obubra1 has Hon Godwin Akwaji of Obudu and Rt. Hon. Itam Abang of Boki 1 as members of the committee. Other members include Rt. Hon Ogbor Ogbor Udop and Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Ironbar representing Biase 
and Akpabuyo state constituencies respectively.