by emeka ahaneku
Following the timely intervention of??the Speaker, Imo State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, the age-long boundary dispute between the Umudibia-Eluama-Abueke, Ihitte-Uboma of Imo state and Umudiawa-Umuahia, of Abia state is about becoming history.
This followed the Speaker?s appeal to both communities to sheath their swords and??work together as one people with close affinity, while putting aside their grievances until government brings a lasting solution to the dispute.
Speaking to both communities while trying to broker a peace deal, Rt. Hon. Uwajumogu, who also represent Ihitte-Uboma state constituency in the state Assembly, reminded the communities that only peaceful co-existence among them was the better channel through which they can access government?s democracy dividends for the development of their people.
He described violence as an ill-wind which blows no one any good, maintaining that peace and communal understanding remains a panacea for socio-economic development in the country. He stated that peace remained a symbol of growth and development and acknowledged that no meaningful achievement could be guaranteed in an atmosphere of violence and rancor.?e further promised that the Imo state government under the leadership of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, would work in harmony together with the Abia state government to proffer a lasting solution to the dispute.
In a remark, a community leader from the Umuahia community, thanked the Speaker for his maturity in handling the situation and pledged their commitment towards ending the protracted dispute, while ensuring the sustenance of lasting peace in their community.