BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Communities after more than fifty years of tussle, land boundary dispute between Umuezeobodo Ajilija Ogidi and Umudunu Agbaja Abatete both in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have been settled and demarcated.
Our correspondent reports that members of the Anambra State Boundary Commission at the Deputy Governor’s office were present to mark the official settlement of the dispute where the Communities embraced peace to pave way for meaningful development in their areas.
In an address, Governor Willie Obiano who spoke through the Deputy Governor and Chairman of Anambra State Boundary Committee, Dr. Nkem Okeke regretted that the land dispute has taking a dangerous turn across the country and recalled that Chief Sam Anyanwutaku brokered peace between Uruorji Ogidi and Mgbuke Village Umunachi in 2018, and stressed that demarcation is merely for administrative purposes.
The President General of Ogidi, Chief Nelson Onubogu cationed the Community members against selling the lands which has the ability to destabilise the peace initiative, just as the President General of Agbaja, Mr. Ernest Ekunie who represented Chief Lawrence Okoye, reiterated that they are peace loving people, commiy to maintaining the peace.
A prominent indigene of Ogidi Community and Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee, Chief Sam Anyawutaku who lamented that the land dispute has hindered progress in both Communities, thanked God and the State government for bringing the much needed peace.
He added that he considered the peace overtures which he initiated as service to God and prayed God to bless the Communities while calling on everyone to embrace the peace.
Prayers were offered for the enthronement of peace in the Communities.
Official commissioning of the boundary and placement of monuments as well as musical performances were highpoints of the ceremony.