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Peace returns to Umudioka after 18 years of crisis



PEOPLE of Umudioka, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, have successfully resolved the protracted crisis which had hitherto disrupted the peace, unity and progress in the community more than 18 years.

   Acting President-General and Chairman of the Umudioka Improvement Union (UIU), caretaker committee instituted by the state government, Sam Chike Odoji, made this fact known to the press, and expressed gratitude to God for the mutual agreement by the feuding parties to sheathe their swords and cooperate with the union’s leadership to put final end to all lingering skirmishes in the town.

    Mr. Odoji, who is also a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), confirmed that through extensive consultations and dialogue between the committee and keen patriots, a fresh era of harmony and spirit of brotherly co-existence now exist amongst the natives of Umudioka, as a fundamental springboard for other developmental agenda.

    He also commended the sense of forgiveness and commitment demonstrated by the concerned stakeholders, resulting in amicable settlement of the protracted communal dispute, stressing that the task of resolving 18-year-old crisis was very enormous, even as he lamented that it would not augur well for the present generation to put asunder a town bequeathed them by their ancestors.

    The communal leader further said the existing tranquility had continued to yield positive dividends like the financial and material contributions by philanthropic indigenes, including over 2,000 bags of rice, 1,000 yams and 2,000 cartons of noodles for distribution to less-privileged and vulnerable people in the town to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Describing the massive turn out at the UIU stakeholders’ meetings and voluntary donations of numerous palliative packages and financial contributions for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Umudioka town hall (Civic Centre) abandoned since 15 years ago, as an eloquent evidence of successful restoration of peace, mutual love and order in Umudioka, just as he appreciated the donors for the kind gestures.

The acting PG thanked Governor Willie Obiano for donating economic stimulus packages to the community, including 200 bags of rice for elders above 70 years and 400 bags of rice for youths between 18 and 35 years which were judiciously distributed to the beneficiaries.

    Mr. Odoji then reassured that the caretaker committee would conclusively implement its terms of reference to take the town to the next level, including conducting an election of a substantive UIU executive after the current C0VID-19 lockdown to enable diaspora branches of UIU to send delegates as prescribed by the constitution of the community.

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