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Akwa Ibom government, NEMA donate relief materials to 716 families

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel. Photo/facebook/MrUdomEmmanuel/

Akwa Ibom State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have donated relief materials to 761 families, who were victims of communal clashes in Oku Iboku, Itu Council and their Ikot Offiong Community neighbours in Cross River State.

Speaking during the donation of the items, yesterday, Deputy Governor of the state, Moses Ekpo, charged the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to do everything within the limits of its statutory powers to ensure quick resolution of the boundary crisis between Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.

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The items include rice, beans, vegetable oil, tomatoes, garri, maggi, bathing soap, mosquito nets, and mattresses, among others.

He recalled that in May this year, residents of Oku Iboku were allegedly displaced by their Cross River neighbours.

Ekpo, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in his office, Nkopuruk Ekaiko, said given the loss of life and property, it was imperative to end the crisis.

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The Deputy Governor commended NEMA for its prompt response and condoled with the Akwa Ibom State government on victims of the attack, saying the items were not meant to replace the life and property that were lost during the attack, but to cushion the impact of the losses.

He urged the residents to remain peaceful with their neighbours and not take the laws into their hands through reprisals.

Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, who was represented by the South-South Zonal Coordinator, Godwin Tepikor, said NEMA had carried out a post-impact assessment of the area in May and obtained approval for relief materials to assist the victims to recover from the impact of the attack.

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Chairman of Itu Council Area, Etetim Onuk, thanked the Federal and state governments, as well as relevant agencies for the relief materials, stressing that it had brought joy to the people of the area.

Onuk, who described the gesture as 0responsible and responsive to the plight of the people, commiserated with families who lost their loved ones and property during the attack and prayed for the speedy resolution of the border crisis.

Clan Head of Oku Iboku, Etebom Essien Edet Okokon, thanked the federal and state governments for rescuing the victims and urged the national boundary commission to expedite action on the demarcation of the area for sustainable peace.

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