No fur­ther re­lief ma­te­ri­als for in­tra­com­mu­nal cri­sis vic­tims – Umahi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

Fol­low­ing in­ces­sant in­tra-com­mu­nal crises, the Ebonyi State gov­ern­ment has said it will hence­forth not give out re­lief ma­te­ri­als to vic­tims.

Gov­er­nor David Umahi said this yes­ter­day while giv­ing out re­lied ma­te­ri­als worth over N200 mil­lion to vic­tims of com­mu­nal cri­sis in Ok­porojo and Ogiri in Idima com­mu­nity of Afipko South Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area com­pro­mis­ing women, chil­dren, and aged men.

He said a com­mit­tee set up by the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil re­vealed that in­tracrises recorded in com­mu­ni­ties like Ikwo, Izzi, Ishielu and Afikpo south could eas­ily have been avoided or man­aged from es­ca­lat­ing.

“This should mark the end, and on that note, the state has re­solved not to give fur­ther re­lief ma­te­ri­als to any vic­tims of in­tra-com­mu­nal cri­sis when we know that this could have been nipped in the bud by lead­ers of the com­mu­ni­ties,” he stressed.

Gov­er­nor Umahi who was rep­re­sented by his deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, said the state would hence­forth hold com­mu­nity lead­ers and tra­di­tional rulers ac­count­able for any cri­sis in their re­spec­tive do­mains.

He said per­sis­tent cri­sis in dif­fer­ent parts had cost the state bil­lions of naira and would di­vert the state from de­vel­op­ment ef­forts if not checked.

The coun­cil chair­man, Barr Enyi Uduma Chima told jour­nal­ists that 121 house­holds com­pris­ing 2,000 peo­ple af­fected by the cri­sis would ben­e­fit from the re­lief ma­te­ri­als pro­vided by the state emer­gency man­age­ment agency (SEMA).

Items dis­trib­uted to the vic­tims by SEMA were foams, bags of rice, car­tons of In­domie and wrap­pers.

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