Panel on lands dispute promises fairness
By Biyi Akinnodi
Ondo State Government through the Panel of Inquiry into the lands dispute between the people of Araromi- Obu and Ikale (Ago Alaye) has promised to deliver justice in line with its terms of reference by being fair to all concerned.
The chairman of the panel, Mr. Tunde Atere gave the commitment during separate courtesy calls on Abodi of Ikale, Oba George Faduyile, and the Ajobu of Araromi-Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola in their palaces at Ikoya and Araromi-Obu respectively.
The interface provided the panel a veritable opportunity to feel the impulse of the people of Ikale through their obas and leaders of thought regarding the impasse between them and their immediate neighbours, the people of Araromi-Obu recently which led to loss of lives and destruction of both public and private property.
Mr. Atere told his audience that the avoidable crisis was very unfortunate especially for people who were once living peacefully together and had inter married, saying it underscored the importance of peaceful environment for development to thrive.
The chairman who was pleased with the peaceful disposition of the state, Araromi-Obu elites and their people towards the panel in spite of their initial misgivings called on them to take the advantage of the panel’s public hearing in Akure to come and talk on their memoranda.
He also gave those with memoranda but have not submitted them the window to do so as soon as possible before the panel commences public sittings.
The Secretary to the Panel and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Kunle Sanni told the people that government was very concerned about the turn of events between the two once peaceful neighbours, hence it set up the panel to look into the issues with a view to amicably resolving them.
He used the occasion to read out the terms of reference of the Panel of Inquiry which include looking into the remote and immediate causes of the July 16th mayhem that led to loss of lives and property and proffering panacea to forestall future occurrence.
Earlier, the Abodi of Ikale, Oba George Faduyile who stressed that the essence of government is to maintain peace, appealed to the panel to be fair to all and spare no effort in arriving at an unbiased conclusion and apportion blames where necessary.
Also, Ajobu of Araromi-Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola appealed to the panel to do a perfect job, adding that his community would do everything possible to support the committee.
Prince Olu Falolu, an Araromi-Obu community leader restated the commitment of his people to be law abiding throughout the sitting of the panel.
Other speakers included the President of Ikale Central Organisation, Mr. Olu Ehinmosan Bayo and General Olu Bajowa (rtd) the Jagunmolu of Ikale land amongst others, expressed the willingness of the Ikales to appear before the panel, appealing to the government to release those in detention.