The Odukpani Leadership Academy has commended Prof Ben Ayade’s efforts aim at maintaining peace, law and order in Cross River State.
In the same vein, the academy join the Governor and appeal to all warring communities in the State, to heed the call of the Governor and toll the path of peace by ceasing all forms of hostilities.
It maintained that there cannot be any meaningful development in an atmosphere devoid of peace.
OLA,however appreciated the Governor’s recent call on all warring communities in the state to sheath their swords or face the wrath of government.
According to a statement signed by the chairman of Odukpani Leadership Academy, Kingsley Ikpeme and secretary Esu Ekanem, read ” we join the Governor and appeal to all warring communities in the State, to heed to the call of the Governor and toll the path of peace by ceasing all forms of hostilities.
For it is painful in the 21st century when the state government is working on consolidating on the prevailing peace of which Cross River State is noted for, but some communities have chosen to go back to the trenches.
We support the Governor’s industrialization drive, thus when fully functional will decouple the State from federal allocation and create jobs for the teeming number of youths in the state.
We equally commend the leader of 7 alive organization and Chairman North-west Traditional Rulers Council, Elder (H/Chief) Dr. Asuquo Ekpenyoung (OON) for initiating a peace meeting between the State Government, Chaired by the Deputy Governor, H/E Prof. Ivara Esu and the warring communities of Odukpani Local Government Area on the 23rd of July, 2019 at the Governor’s Office to dialogue on ways of restoring lasting peace, law and order to the troubled communities of Odukpani Local Government Area.
We equally appreciate Elder (H/Chief) Dr. Asuquo Ekpenyoung (OON) for always responding to the plight of the good people of Odukpani, while appreciating his effort which have led to the deployment of security personnel to trouble communities in Odukpani L.G.A to de-escalate the crisis.
We call on all the warring communities to halt every form of aggression and give peace a chance, so government can concentrate in developing the Local Government Area.
We urge security operative to as a matter of urgency arrest the perpetrators of this frequent communal clashes and their sponsors to face the wrath of the law in order to serve as deterrent to others.” The statement added