Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring that peace returns to warring communities in the state.

Okowa gave the assurance while receiving the report of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry into the disputed Okpe-Urhobo Forest Reserve from the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Tessy Diai, at Government House, Asaba.

He urged communities in land disputes to exercise restraint in their disagreements, as government could only carry out development programmes in peaceful communities.

The Governor thanked the chairman and members of the panel for the good job they did and assured that the state government would study the report with a view to implementing the recommendations.

Okowa appealed to affected communities to live in peace, assuring that government would continue to do its best without sentiments to ensure that all communities in the state lived peacefully with one another.

He thanked the security agencies for their role in ensuring peace in warring communities across the state and  commended the Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, for his role in reconciling warring communities in the state.

Earlier while presenting the report,  Justice Diai said the panel conducted public hearing, received 11 memoranda and took evidence from16 witnesses on the disputed Okpe-Urhobo forest reserve.

She thanked the Governor for the confidence reposed in the panel, and assured that the government would find the panel’s recommendations useful.

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