By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Ugborodo Community Management Committee (UCMC) on Tuesday inaugurated an eleven man Ad-hoc Peace and Reconciliation Committee to pilot the process of reabsorbing estranged members of the Community chaired by Mr. Mike Okoturo.
The committee is saddled with the responsibility of reconciling as wrll as finding ways to bring sacked members of the community back, investigate the remote and immediate causes of the recent crisis, which involved the loss of lives.
In an address signed by, Dr Ayo Ayomike and himself, the the Acting UCMC Chairman,Austin Ajurenmisan utged the Committee to discharge its duties fairly without fear or favour.
Ajurenmisa noted that it would be sitting every Thursday and Friday, starting from September 6 and ending on September 28, 2018.
He said the terms of reference of the Ad-hoc committee include ” determine the number of persons exiled from the community as a result of the recent crisis and their degree of their involvement.
“Put a mechanism in place by which the exiled persons are reabsorbed and reintegrated into the community. Prescribe appropriate sanctions and deterrent measures as a way of avoiding any future occurrence.
“Look into existing or potential feuds, disagreements or disaffections in the community, with a view to nipping them in the bud and eventually reuniting the entire Community”
In a remark, the Chairman of the newly inaugurated Ad-hoc Committee,Okoturo, said he had seen many crisis in Ugborodo Community, out of which none had yielded any positive results.
“Our Community has become synonymous with persistent fights and crisis and this has become very shameful. We will do our best to deliver on this mandate and ensure lasting peace comes to Ugborodo”.
Other members of the Ad-hoc Committee include Prince Perry Atete, who is the Alternate-Chairman, Mr.Michael Lodge, who is the Secretary amongst others.