An administrative panel of enquiry has been approved by the Enugu State executive council to investigate the escalating boundary dispute between Ugwuaji and Obe-Agu Ugwuaji autonomous communities, Enugu South Local Government Area. The Commissioner for Information, Doctor Godwin Udeuhele while briefing journalists on the outcome of the eleventh meeting of the council this year, mentioned that the commissioner for chieftaincy matters was directed to set up the panel.
Doctor Udeuhele said that the panel was expected to ascertain the alleged involvement of the traditional ruler of Ugwuaji, Igwe Reuben Agwu in the perennial dispute.
“The Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters to determine the involvement of His Royal Highness, Igwe Reuben Agwu, in escalating the crisis in thy boundary dispute by frustrating all the efforts of the Enugu State Boundary Committee in that regard.”
The Commissioner for Information said that the panel would also investigate the activities of, traditional ruler of Ama-Dim, Igwe Emmanuel Arua on his alleged claim over the land at Agu-Ukehe. Doctor Udeuhele said that the council directed the Local Government Service Commission to release the twenty fourteen promotion of its staff and conduct another promotion for those due for twenty-fifteen to enhance the performance of the Local government workers.
“The total number of those which we are saying that they should be released in 2014 is 1,442 persons while that of2015 which we have given order now that they should go for interview is 1590. These numbers are distributed into the different cadres in all the local government areas of Enugu State.”
The commissioner said the Council also approved the launch of the Neighbourhood Watch Trust Fund, as well as the presentation of security equipment and vehicles procured with the N100m donated by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to all registered Neighbourhood Associations in the state on May 25 at Michael Okpara Square, Enugu.
He further explained that approval was given for the purchase of a bus for the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN). Dr. Udeuhele explained that the request for this dated back to February 20, 2015, adding that the gesture was consistent with efforts to maintain harmonious industrial relations with organized labour in Enugu State and help them overcome the challenges they experience running the union’s activities.
The Commissioner also stated that the Council considered and approved a draft bill for a law to amend the Local Government Law Cap. 109 Vol. Vol. 5, Laws of Enugu State 2004, and directed that it be forwarded to the Enugu State House of Assembly for legislative actions.