By Onome Oghenetega
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has been urged to permanently resolve the lingering boundary dispute between Aladja Community in Udu and Ogbe-Ijoh Community in Warri South West Local Government Areas of the state to enable lasting peace return to both neighbouring communities.
The call was made by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Ogbe-Ijoh Clan on Tuesday in a statement signed by its chairman, Comrade Okosu Smart and made available to WARRI TODAY.
IYC said it is the duty of the state governor, Senator Okowa, to resolve warring communities when there crises.
According to it, “It is one of the constitutional responsibilities of the Governor of Delta State, His Excellency Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa to establish peace between warring communities in Delta State.
“It is on this regard, IYC Ogbe-ijoh Warri Kingdom is appealing to Governor Okowa to resolve the issue new that there is relative peace between the two communities.
“We do not want a situation where government would only intervene when there is clash between the two communities with the consequent casualties. The youths are always the victims once there is an attack between the two communities.”
The boundary dispute which has led physical confrontation between the two communities had claimed many lives and caused damages to valuable properties worth millions of Naira on both sides.
Comrade Smart stressed that the people of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom were ready to embrace peace and live peacefully with their Urhobo brothers in Aladja.
They stated that they do not want a situation where the issue results to further clashes which will claim lives and properties as it had been recorded in the past.
“We do not want a repeat of such ugly incidents in our communities.
“The good people of Ogbe-ijoh Warri kingdom are for peace and we are ready to continue our good time relationship with our urhobo neighbours (Aladja), hence the Governor should act swiftly to create the everlasting peace in our regions”, it added.