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Boundary dispute: Rivers government appeal to warring communities to ccoperate with commission

By: Felix Ikpotor

Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has called on the people of Wakama Community in Ogu/Bolo and Kporghor Community in Tai Local Government Areas to cooperate with the Rivers State Boundary Commission in its quest to bring an end to their boundary dispute.

Banigo made the call at a meeting between the  Commission and stakeholders from Wakama and Kporghor communities at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

 According to the Deputy Governor, the dispute has  cost the communities the loss of several human lives and very valuable properties running into millions of naira, noting that communal crisis does not do anybody any good whatsoever.

Banigo who doubles as the chairman of the commission said communal crisis only brings hardship, economic sabotage, blockade and total lack of development to the area, stressing that the commission under her watch cannot fold its arms and watch communal crisis that would impede the developmental agenda of Governor Nyesom Wike.

While noting that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is bent on ensuring that all communities in the state enjoy adequate development in all nooks and crannies of the State, warned that warring communities stand the risk of being left out of the development plan.

She said everything would be done to ensure lasting peace returns to the two communities so that the mandate given to the Governor by the Almighty God and his passion to develop the State would be fulfilled.

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