By Egufe Yafugborhi
The Chairman of Udu LGA,Delta State, Chief Solomon Kpoma, has appealed to the people of the state to imbibe peace.
Kpoma, who recently became a Fellow of the Institute of Mediators and Conciliators, made the appeal following a boundary crisis which pitted three Udu communities against two Ughievwen communities in Udu and Ughelli South LGAs.
He said, “Peace is becoming elusive in many quarters these days and the collateral damage whenever it is completely lost in any human relations always comes with untold consequences including deaths, yet it is so easy to be peaceful.
“It is the aggregate failure of individuals to be peaceful that leads to the breakdown of law and order. My advice to Deltans, especially in this Yuletide season, is for individuals to deliberately commit to peaceful living.”
On the crisis which broke out between Otor-Udu, Erhiephiyor, Owhrode and Ovworhokpokpor in Udu LGA and Iwhrekan and Edjophe in Ughelli South LGA, Kpoma said the matter is being resolved by the state government in collaboration with security agencies.
“You know the trouble erupted Tuesday. Ughelli South council chairman, Paul Etaga, and myself were in Asaba Friday with security operatives where it was agreed that the warring factions should nominate four representatives each for inauguration into a resolution committee.
“It was further agreed that the Tipper Park operated in the contentious boundary area be suspended while the motor park in same area be operated by representatives from both sides. We also agreed that a fuel station whose naming of location further sparked the fighting should operate without displaying a locations address for now.”