Deputy Governor declares Government’s intention to deal with traditional rulers who foment trouble in their domain

Meanwhile the Deputy Governor says government will deal decisively with traditional rulers who use their positions to foment trouble in their domains.
He said  it was very disappointing  that instead of ensuring peace in their domains, some traditional rulers incite their subjects to aggravate land disputes.
Speaking when Oron elders led by the Chairman of the Governing Council of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, Mrs.  Akon Eyakenyi, called on him to find solution to the ten year old land dispute between Udung Okong in Eyo Abasi and Afaha Eduok/Ukpata Idua in Oron Local Government Area, the Deputy Governor assured that the matter will be looked into with a view to ensuring the publication of the White Paper within the shortest possible time.
Mr. Ekpo urged leaders of the communities not to take laws into their hands and reminded them that government will not hesitate to take over any land which is a source of conflict in any community, besides dealing with trouble makers.
Earlier, Mrs Eyakenyi  had told the Deputy  Governor of efforts made by Oron Elders to broker peace between the two communities but regretted that up till now, the White Paper on the Commission of Inquiry which the government  had set up in 2010 is yet to be published.
This she said has adversely affected efforts to broker peace.
In the delegation were Mr. Orman Esin, Commissioner for Transport and Petroleum Resources, Mr. Effiong Okon Bassey, Member Representing Oron State Constituency, Pastor Anthony Etim, Oron Transition Committee Chairman and the Clan Head of Urue Offong Oruko, Offong E. M. Unanaowo.

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