19 March 2014, Awka – The crisis tearing Anambra and Kogi States apart because of the Oil well in the area will soon be a thing of the past, as the Government of Anambra is determine to end the frequent hostilities.
The hint was given Wednesday in Awka by the newly sworn in deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke, while briefing reporters in his office.
He assured that the frequent hostilities between some communities in the state and their boundary neigbhours in Kogi state over ownership of the oil wells would be tackled.
Okeke said he would soon articulate everything about the issue with a view to presenting it to the Federal Government for final resolution.
He however, regretted that since oil was discovered in commercial quantity in the area peace had eluded the neighbouring communities of Kogi and Anambra respectively.
According to the deputy Governor, “we are going to work with the Federal Government to establish the true location of the oil wells in dispute so that lasting peace will return in the area.”
Furthermore, he said the state was on top of the security situation in the area, adding “We are discussing with security agencies to prevent recurrence of the hostilities.”
Penultimate week, over six persons were seriously injured and houses destroyed in the area following attack by some people suspected to be Kogi indigenes on their Anambra state neighbours,
Since then, the people of the area had been living in fears as a result of the persistent attacks by those suspected to be Kogi indigenes.
Also Speaking on the new government in the state Wednesday, Okeke said he saw a new hope and a new dawn in the Obiano administration, vouching to give him full support.
“I see the man of integrity in Obiano; I see the drive in Obiano to make things move in the State”.
“My job as deputy governor is to make sure I give him necessary support so that together we shall succeed. What I ask is for the prayers of the people of the state,” Okeke Said.
– The Nation