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Delta State Government has presented government’s financial support to the next of kins of victims of the boundary dispute between Ozoro and Oleh communities in Isoko South Local Government Area towards the burial of those who died as a result of the dispute.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah, on behalf of the state government presented cheques to the beneficiaries in his office in Asaba.
Chief Ukah, who condoled with the families of the victims said it was a very emotional issue and assured that the state government would do everything possible to ensure that such incident would not repeat itself .
The SSG noted that what happened during the dispute could not be quantified in monetary terms adding that what was given was just a token to cushion the effect of those who would have been of great assistance to each of the families.
Chief Ukah said the government had looked into the white paper and had directed all the ministries that had roles to play in the issue based on recommendations of the white paper to do the needful in order to achieve the desired results.
He said the government from the recommendations had directed Ministry of Works, in consonance with Ministry of Lands and Survey, to initiate action on road construction as a further land mark to demarcate the boundary.
The Chairman of Isoko South Local Government Council, Hon. Victor Asasa, represented by the Secretary, Hon. Vantus Ogboghoro, thanked Oleh community for the matured way they handled the dispute.
He appealed to the state government to ensure the implementation of the resolutions of the white paper.
President General of Oleh Community, Comrade Believe Alakri, thanked the state government for settling the dispute and all other stakeholders who contributed to the settlement, pledging that his people would maintain peace.
He appealed for a monument to be built on the boundary for history and record purposes.
One of the beneficiaries Mr. Sunday Egeme, who reflected on the tradition of the communities, appealed to the state government to allow the victims of the dispute to be buried around the boundary of the two communities.
Mr. Egeme thanked the state government for wading into the matter with a view to proffering lasting solution and pledged that the two communities would maintain peace.