National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, yesterday distributed relief materials worth millions of Naira to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Amagu community, Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The names of the benefiting villages include, Akahufu, Ebushike, Obegu, Ochienyim and Obelebe while the total number of affected persons stood at 2892,according to the
South East zonal coordinator of the agency, Mr. Major Eze.
Recall that the people of Amagu community in Ikwo Local Government Area in Ebonyi State and the people of Adadama in Cross River State have been in a boundary dispute for decades, leading to a bloody clash that left hundreds of persons dead while property worth millions were destroyed.
Some of the items distributed by the Agency include; 300 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans, 100 bags of garri, 50 bags of sugar, 50 bags of salt, 80 gallons of palm oil, 200 cartons of indomie, 80 gallons of vegetable Oil and 100 cartons of omo detergents.
Others are 0.36 tons of bath soap, 100 mosquito tents, 500 pieces of blankets, 300 bags of cement, 6000 corrugated Iron sheets, 150 cartons of zinc nails, 150 cartons of roofing nails, 600 pieces of wax prints, 400 pieces of nylon mats, 370 pieces of foam mattresses, 500 pieces of plastic cups and 500 pieces of plastic spoons.
Distributing the items, Mr. Eze said NEMA decided to intervene, following the terrorist attacks and kidnapping in Ochianyim Amagu by marauders alleged to be from Adadama in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River on June 4th and 6th, which was brought to the attention of NEMA.
He stated that the people of Ochianyim had to relocate from the war zone.
According to him; “there was a joint assessment team of NEMA South East zone and Ebonyi SEMA on Tuesday June 23 to assess the extent of damage to lives and property. The assessment conducted revealed that lives were lost, property and environment were destroyed, leading to internally displacement of residents.
“Consequently, residents lost their means of livelihood as they no longer had access to their farms. School children were no longer going to school for fear of their safety.”
The NEMA coordinator emphasised the need for Ebonyi State and Cross River State government to invite the National Boundary Commission and re-ignite negotiations between the two communities on the disputed land.
He further pointed out that the boundaries needed to be delineated for peace to reign, saying “there cannot be any development without peace.

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