Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area ONELGA), Rivers State yesterday constituted Peace and Reconciliation Committee to parley with repentant cultists in the area to corroborate the peace efforts of the state government.
The Rivers State Government had through an amnesty committee led by Mr. Ken Chinda given freedom to cultists in the crisis ridden Omoku and in other parts of the state.
The ONELGA peace committee which was commissioned to work at the Council’s headquarters in Omoku, was charged with the responsibility of uniting the cultists who had accepted peace in the area in order to sustain peace.
Inaugurating the body, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of ONELGA, Mr. Osi Olisa urged members of the committee to ensure they remained unbiased in discharge of their responsibilities.
Olisa charged the committee to summon all the two cult groups that have accepted amnesty from the state government, chief and elders in all the communities in the LGA for a round of peace talk.
He expressed hope that the attempt would end security challenges and restore peace which the government had commenced in the area.
The ONELGA boss urged youths in the area to shun cultism and criminality to allow development in the area.
Olisa said, “We have taken another step in an effort to restore peace in ONELGA. We want you to come up with a modality on how to unify all the cult groups in this local government.
“Ensure that at the end of the day that you have united all the boys that have had one disagreement or the other before in the cult groups. We shall come here after you achieve this to eat and dine together and announce peace, stability and security in ONELGA.”
Responding, the chairman of the committee, Mr. John Ikeagu, assured that the committee would work to achieve its mandate.
Ikeagu called on the chiefs, elders and the entire people of ONELGA to support the effort of the state government to restore peace in the area.