From Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
The Yala Head of Local Government Administrator of Cross River state has commended the Ebonyi and Cross River Youth Peace Development Movement led by Barr Pascal Nwenyi for the sustenance of peace in border communities of both states.
The HoLGA made the commendation at Okpoma, headquarters of Yala LGA, Cross River state during their visit to the Head of Local Government Administrator, Mrs Cecilia Ogah, on Monday, 29th October,2023.
The Head of local government administrator, Mrs Ogah commended the team for their sacrifices so far and pledged continuous support to ensure that the team succeeds in the enthronement of peace in the border communities.
She recalled her ugly experiences at the heat of the communal war and tasked the Organization to extend the move to other council areas while promising to convey the message of five years ceasefire to the governor of the state.
“I thank God for this initiative, you will never measure the benefits of this movement.
“Before this time, we have been carrying gun killing ourselves, babies; children that would have being governors, and leaders tomorrow being killed.
“You are not just group of people who just gathered to be here, you have gone this far because God is in your midst. I know how the war was, I wouldn’t believe that there would be peace today to the level we are.
“If not that you invited God, may be any Community would have been saying they don’t need you. So, celebrating it worths the memory because for five years now, there’s no shooting. We are going to work together to celebrate the five years of ceased fire. She stated
Earlier, the national president Ebonyi and Cross River Youth Peace Development Movement, Barr Pascal Nwenyi applauded stakeholders from the cross River State border communities for their commitment to ensure that the peace accords signed by the two states are sustained noting that the group would continue to champion unity and progress of the states.
Nwenyi who described youth as the major victims of the war called on the head of the council for support as they plan for the celebration of five years of ceased fire at the forty eight border communities of Cross River and Ebonyi State.
He lamented that the affected communities have been highly neglected by government of the two states explaining that time is ripe for the affected communities to be absorbed by the either state.
The traditional ruler of Eja community, Chief Alphonsus Agara, Comrade Paul Isha of Igbeagu autonomous community and Hon Isaac Okpokpo, representing Ukele community commended the group for their intervention and assured of their continuous support to bring permanent peace in the area.
They called on the youth and elders from the border communities to unite in ensuring that the celebration was peaceful and memorable.
The event was witnessed by the representatives of Ikwo, Abi, Izzi, Abakaliki, Obubra and Yala council areas of both states.