Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Odukpani Youths call for relief materials and resettlement of IDP's in warring communities.

Ukorebi Esien

Concerned Youths of Odukpani origin under the auspices of Odukpani Leadership Academy has called on the government of Cross River State to as a matter of urgency provide relief materials to the internally displaced people of Odukpani who were displaced from their ancestral homes as a result of the ongoing communal clashes that has besieged the local government.

This concern was made known during a courtesy visit made by members of the Academy on the member representing Odukpani in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Francis Asuquo.
Comrade Kingsley presenting a congratulatory card to Hon. Francis Asuquo

According to Comrade Kingsley Ita Ikpeme, leader of the group, the resettlement of the displaced people, building of a barracks within the LG, provision of a functional mobility for the divisional police headquarters, proper demarcation of boundaries by the National Boundary Commission, employment of youths etc are what the government should do in order to effectively manage the crisis and further bring lasting peace to the Local Government Area. 

In his response, the lawmaker made it known that the crisis in the local government is as a result of a failed system where leaders have failed in their responsibilities while calling on members of the academy to see to it that they do not also fail their own generation.  

He noted that most of the crisis had long existed in the 90's, that their resurfacing today is a clear indication that traditional and political leaders didn't do a good job then. Lamenting a situation where instead of a community to expose a wrong doer to face the wrath of the law, they rather prefer to cover up thus making a one man's offence becoming  that of the community. 

Hon. Asuquo revealed that some of the community leaders are not completely ignorant of some of these things ongoing in their communities. He thereafter pleaded with his visitors to ensure they make this matter their collective responsibility not his alone, stating that language should be a common interest that should bind and unite them as a people  not divide the Local Government Area. 

In a related development, Elder David Okon, a one time deputy governorship candidate in the state had advised members of the academy to shown partisan politics that will set them against each other, he went further to pledge his commitment in seeing to it that the various pockets of crisis plaguing the local government area is put to a lasting end.
Comrade Kingsley during his presentation before Elder David

Elder David, who played host to members of Odukpani Leadership Academy in his Calabar office lamented the near absence of security meetings in the state. Stating that these meetings in time past and in other states is a great motivator to security agencies operational in the state. That the meetings equips them with information and facilities to combat security breaches.