The Director-Normal of the Nationwide Emergency Administration Company, NEMA, AVM Mohammadu Mohammed (Rtd), on the weekend, expressed fear over the continued communal clashes in Ebonyi State.
Mohammed revealed this whereas distributing emergency aid objects to over 2000 peasant farmers of Amagu group in Ikwo native authorities space of Ebonyi State, who have been displaced of their residences because of communal disaster.
DAILY POST gathered that the aid supplies have been permitted by President Muhammadu Buhari by way of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Growth.
Mohammed, represented by the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Fred Anoziem, mentioned that the supplies which comprised meals and non meals important supplies have been geared toward offering succour to the victims of assorted intra and inter group crises in Ikwo.
He said that the benefiting communities embody Ochuenyum, Ofenekpe, Agubia and elements of Alike group.
The Director said additional that the company was conscious of the varied communal clashes by way of boundary disputes, inside political manoeuvring, conventional title tuzzle, amongst others.
He famous that the boundary clashes concerned communities in Ikwo, in addition to Ikwo and their neighbours in Cross River State.
In keeping with him: “The company is conscious of the border/land boundary dispute that erupted between Ikwo and Cross River communities in April 2013; additionally, in June 2016 one other report of disaster from the realm reached us whereas the third was reported in January this 12 months.
“Communities concerned have been utterly displaced and their farmlands declared buffer zones.
“It’s, subsequently, a tragic notice to lose lives, property and people affected go by way of the trauma of displacement over crises which has lately assumed better dimension,” he mentioned.
Mohammed, nevertheless, urged most communities to shun communal crises noting that it’s regrettable that youths of nowadays not have regard or concern for human lives or respect for custom and constituted authorities.
“Ebonyi, hitherto recognized for peace, unity and love for communal growth, is progressively turning right into a theatre of hostilities,” he added.
In a comment, the federal lawmaker representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency, Mr. Chinedu Ogah, recommended Buhari for approving the fund for the supplies and warranted that the supplies can be adequately distributed to the benefitting communities.
The lawmaker mentioned that he was liaising along with his colleagues from Cross River State within the Home of Representatives to discover a lasting resolution to the intractable interstate boundary disputes.
In keeping with him: “Although the aid supplies are meant for 3 communities, we’re going to lengthen the supplies to different victims in Igbudu and Ekpomaka communities, in addition to different victims of conflicts as a result of extra are coming,” he mentioned.
In a swift response, the Government Secretary of Ebonyi Emergency Administration Company who represented Gov David Umahi recommended the lawmaker for efficient illustration of his constituents.
It was gathered that supplies distributed embody; 503 baggage of 5 kilogrammes parboiled rice, 503 baggage of garri, 403 baggage of beans, 61 baggage of iodised salt, 125 baggage of granulated sugar, 147 cartons of seasoning, amongst others.
Non-food supplies included 1500 items of blankets, 1500 items of mosquitoes nets, 1000 items of froth mattresses, 1200 items of ceiling boards, 1400 baggage of cement, amongst others.