By Kebeh Eteng: Agency Report
Cross River acting governor, Professor Ivara Esu has assured the people of Ukelle in Yala local government area of adequate protection from external and internal aggression.
Mr. Esu stated this at southern Ukelle when he visited the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Izzi in Ebonyi and southern Ukelle in Cross River during a medical outreach at the Saint Benedict Primary School, Mfuma.
Both communities have been at war for over a week and Mr. Esu said his visit was to see the problems facing the people, with a view to protecting and providing to the welfare of the displaced persons.
He admonished the people of Ukelle to desist from carrying out reprisal attacks and urged them to embrace peace by laying down their arms to give room for the Government of Cross River and Ebonyi State to find a lasting solution.
Also, the acting governor explained that the medical outreach was to protect and provide for the welfare of the displaced people and the injured.
He is expected to discuss boundary demarcation between both states with governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and the national boundary commission.
The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu in her remarks assured that there will be equity in the distribution of medical supplies.
Meanwhile, state lawmaker, Honorable Ogana Lukpata (PDP Yala II) who appealed for more camps for the IDPs said Mr. Esu’s visit to Ukelle will give the people a sense of belonging even as he hoped that, peace will soon return to the warring communities.
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