The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Government Council and Chieftaincy Affairs, Imo State, Lady Maria Amah has given salient reasons why the Imo State Government intervenes in ezeship disputes.
According to her, it is in the overall security interest of the state and harmonious and peaceful co-existence of communities that motivated the Governor to intervene and proffer solutions.
She further postulated that for the various Community Government Councils (CGC) to perform optimally, the autonomous communities should be devoid of rancor and acrimony that result from conflicts and disputes on who becomes the traditional ruler of an autonomous community.
Lady Amah observed that in the past, lives and properties were lost as a result of disputation on who would be royal father of a given community.
She stated this at the Ahiajoku Convention Center during a meeting between the Governor and Communities with ezeship dispute.
Lady Amah paid glowing encomiums on the State Governor for resolving numerous cases of this nature.
On how the conflicts are resolved, she posited that the wise counsel prevails as a panel of bureaucrats from her ministry invites the warring factions from each community to ascertain their grievances.
According to her, all the parties involved are given fair hearing and their submission documented and the recommendation of the Panel is thereafter forwarded to the Governor who decides on the solution. In some cases, plebiscites or elections to fill the vacant stool is recommended while in others, a ballot is cast to pick God’s choice.
Meanwhile, the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is said to have settled over 120 Ezeship tussles across the 27 local government areas of the state.
However, there are a couple of murmurings in some of the autonomous communities, where the Ezeship disputes were said to have been “settled”, an indication that the healthy are still sick.
Reports available to THE LEADER indicate that some agitating communities are heading to the law courts to ensure that justice prevails on who becomes the traditional ruler of their communities. Some however are waiting for the “appropriate time” to seek redress at the appropriate quarter.