ODAHIEKWU OGUNDE, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State government has set up a seven-man committee to resolve the chieftaincy tussle over the Amananaowei (king) stool of Aghoro II community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state.
The government also inaugurated a five-member Constitution Drafting Committee as part of efforts to resolve the conflict that has bedevilled the coastal community for some months now.
Deputy Governor Ewhrudjakpo inaugurated both committees on Friday when he met with the chiefs and other critical stakeholders of Aghoro II community at his office in Government House, Yenagoa.
He restated the need for the contending parties involved in the chieftaincy dispute to give peace a chance.
Ewhrudjakpo believed that the committees would do a good job even as the government is poised to do everything within its authority to ensure peaceful resolution of the conflict.
He tasked the seven-man committee headed by the Technical Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Douye Naingba, to objectively examine all the issues raised by the contending parties and report its findings and recommendations to the government within three weeks.
Ewhrudjakpo lauded the two main factions for respecting government directives on the matter and urged them to maintain the kind gesture by cooperating with the committees in the interest of the community.
He stated: “We have set up a committee that will deal with all the parties involved. They know what to do. They will either bring all parties together at the same time or they will bring each party at a time. You have to cooperate fully with the committee.
“We are going to make copies of all the documents, which all the interested parties have submitted to government for this assignment.
“I want to thank God and all of you for maintaining the peace. Since you left here the other day, we have not heard anything untoward and this is what we want to hear, see and encourage.
“There is no need for us to fight because we all are brothers and sisters. We should allow love, oneness and gentility to prevail over jealousy, selfishness and greed.”
Members of the seven-member committee include the Technical Adviser to the Governor on Conflict Resolution, Dr Boma Spero-Jack, Chief Godspower Keku, one representative each from the ministries of Justice, Local Government Administration, Ekeremor LGA and a nominee by the SA on Security.
While the five-man Aghoro II Community Constitution Drafting Committee is made up of a representative each from the Chiefs’ Council, Community Development Committee (CDC), women and youth groups with an official of the Ministry of Justice representing government as Chairman.
The committee, which is also expected to complete its assignment within three weeks, has the Aghoro youth representative as Secretary.