EBONYI TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF EZILLO/EZZA-EZILLO CLASHES

Ebonyi State Government has pledged to pay compensation to those who lost
their loved ones  and owners of properties destroyed during the Ezillo and
Ezza-Ezillo communal crises in Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.
Governor David Umahi announced this on Tuesday while receiving  the report
of  a review committee  on the matter headed by the Deputy
governor,Dr.Kelechi Igwe at  the Government House,Abakaliki.
“We are going to find a way to assist those who lost their loved ones .
Some of the people lost their  properties and we are not happy about this.
So we are on top negotiation with them on the best approach to
rehabilitate them, compensate them and reunite with them as our brothers
and sisters,” the governor  said.

Umahi, who was full of gratitude to the review committee for  ensuring
that peace  returned to the area, assured that the state Executive Council
would deliberate on the report and come up with a White Paper.
The governor, according to a statement on Wednesday by his  Chief Press
Secretary, Emma Anya,  underscored the importance of peace in any given
society,stressing that without it (peace),there would be no development.

He said, “There can be no development in  an atmosphere of rancour and
bitterness,suspicion and anger. One of the virtues of a Christian is the
ability to forgive. If you can’t forgive honestly, I cant take you
seriously as a Christian,whether you are a minister or not.
” You can only develop by the reason of the  peace you seek. You can only
prosper by the reason of the love you   share with one another. We are one
people,one destiny,the same God.”
Umahi  requested that 50 dedicated Ezillo people and 50  Ezza-Ezillo
people would meet with  the government to sign a  peace agreement which
would  be sent to House of Assembly to ensure the return of lasting peace
in the area.

The governor  thanked the two warring  communities for showing
understanding to embrace peace,stating that an implementation committee to
be  headed by Rev.Father Abraham Nwali, would be set up to commence
immediate rehabilitation of people affected by the crisis.

He announced that 500 hectares of land had been mapped out from the waring
zones for the citing of social amenities.
Earlier,   the Deputy Governor,Dr. Igwe,had explained that the report of
the 10-man committee, earlier presented to the state Executive Council,was
unanimously adopted by the review committee.

Igwe said it was gratifying that the people of the communities showed
understanding with the committee  by making concessions, including
conceding land,

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