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Ogui Nike Youth Council reject Enugu govt committee on Ugwuaji land crisis

Ogui Youth Council, in Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State have rejected the six man panel set by the State Government to investigate the Ugwuaji land dispute as the land in question is a subject of litigation in court between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities.

The youth body instead called on the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to use his good offices to effect the immediate cessation of trespass and intrusion into Ogui Nike land by the Ministry of Housing, Awkunanaw Communities and illegitimate entrants.

In a letter to the Governor, titled, RE: AGUOWO OGUI NIKE COMMUNITY LAND: HISTORY, FACT AND A CALL FOR GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION AND JUSTICE, signed by it’s Chairman Oluchukwu Fidelis, the youths faulted the setting up of a committee to only investigate issues of contention among Ugwuaji communities even where the said land in question do not belong to Awkunanaw.

They requested for the immediate implementation of the boundary decision between Ogui and Awkunanaw communities as established by a 1942 Inter-tribal Boundaries’ Settlement Ordinance No. 49 of 1933, which was further affirmed by the former Deputy Governor, who was the then Chairman, Enugu State boundry Committee , Ezenwata Okechukwu Itanyi, the then Surveyor General of Enugu, C C Isife and others.

The youths who claimed that various key institutions and offices of the State are in the custody of some of the facts, evidences and credible documents regarding the Ogui Nike land boundry with Awkunanaw communities said, government should be proactive in order to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order which could be born in the course of the land dispute adding that it is now like a gathering storm which may snowball into a hurricane of sort if good measures are not taken.

According to them, some of the facts annexed in there letter to the governor as it relates to the land predate Nigeria independence which were recognized by the previous successive governments of Eastern region, East Central state, old Anambra, old and the present Enugu States of Nigeria.

They include, “The 1942 enquiry into a land dispute between Ogui Nike and Awkunanaw which was headed by Geoffrey Horne, A.D.O under the inter-tribal boundaries’ settlement ordinance No. 49 of 1933 to decide boundary between Awkunanaw and the Nike Clan in the then Agbani District of Udi Division of the Onitsha province.

“Through this Ordinance, the boundaries of Ogui Nike/Awkunanaw as well as Nike/Ngwo were determined and it established that the Aguowo land which includes the dispute area has been in exclusive possession and farmed by Ogui Nike without any challenge whatsoever.

“Also in 2002 following the acquisition of Independence Layout phase 11, Enugu State Government had set up a committee headed by the then Deputy Governor of Enugu State; Ezenwata Okechukwu Itanyi.

“The Committee after deliberations resolved the problem of boundry between Ogui and Awkunanaw communities by adopting a three-pronged approach viz; reconnaissance, field operation, GIS mapping and coordination as well as invoked the decision of the national boundary commission that adopted boundary for Enugu North and Enugu South, which by extension served as the boundary for the two communities.

The Youth council noted that, both Ogui Nike, Amaechi and Ugwuaji communities were both represented by professional surveyors as witnesses in addition to State Government Surveyor General and Zonal surveyor. The following surveyors were nominated by the communities,
L.C Eneje- Ugwuaji
R.C Chukwu-Amaechi
N.J Igwebike- Ogui Nike.

They further stated that following a request by Ogui Nike, Awkunanaw communities the government of Enugu State after careful assessment and evaluation confirmed that 33% of the land used for the development of the independence layout phase II housing estate project, was originally owned by
Ogui Nike, while 66% fell in the land originally owned by Awkunanaw (Amaechi and Ugwuaji). Consequently, both Awkunanaw and Ogui Nike received compensatory plots which were ceded back to them by government in 2005.

The youth council also attached a letter from Bar E.E Egbo, a native of Ugwuaji and Company dated 23 May 2012 which equally confirms and recognises the indisputable fact that 33% of the land used for the Independence Layout, Phase ll belongs to Ogui Nike wherein he pleaded to the Enugu State Government to recognise Ugwuaji as beneficiaries to the compensation due to the Awkunanaw communities.

Also included in the letter is a court case filed in 2005 by Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw seeking the nullification of the government final decision in respect of the report of the boundary between Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw and Ogui Nike.

“After series of court appearances for about fourteen years from 2005 to 2019 without credible evidence or fact, Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw on 5th June 2019 pleaded with the Court to discontinue the matter thereby accepting previous decisions of the colonial administration (1942) and government of Enugu State on the land. The plea for discontinuance was granted on 28th January 2020 by Hon Justice A.O Anidi.

“While recognising the report of the boundary dispute between Obeagu Ugwuaji Awkunanaw and Ugwuaji Awkunanaw communities all in Enugu South Local Government, (ESLN No 16); and the Technical Report of the Enugu State boundary dispute between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities comprising (Amaechi and Ugwuaji) part 1 and II (ESLN No 17 and 18), the Enugu State Gazette published on 24, December 2015, Government therefore affirmed and confirmed that the boundary between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities remain consistent with 1942, 2002 and 2005 decisions by the successive colonial and democratic government at the times in question.

The youth council while expressing dismay that Ogui Nike Community have been visited with outright violence, torture and intimidation, added that there’s been consistent trespass in their land with impunity which has consequently resulted in the disruption of viable and legitimate economic activities in the Area.

Part of the letter reads: “Over the past few years, there has been consistent trespass into the Ogui Nike Community land by members of Ugwuaji Awkunanaw community including: disruptions of viable and legitimate economic activities of Ogui Nike community members, attempts to illegally usurp and manage properties in the said location, sales and allocation of land belonging to Ogui Nike by Ugwuaji Community, physical torture, intimidation, violation of rights of people of Ogui Nike Community and flagrant abuse of court orders and Executive instructions.

“As we are no longer suspecting that the act is being supported by state authorities which is evident in the presence of State Ministry of Housing in the dispute area,
we therefore call on government to leave our only remaining land and do a wholistic inquiry into not just Ugwuaji land problems but to also determine and recommend effective implementation of existing boundry demercation between Enugu North and South local government areas which include the land in dispute between Ogui Nike and Awkunanaw communities as established by both Enugu state boundry committee and the National Boundry Commission”, they stated.

Sir Chinyeaka Christian Ohaa (CCO): An Outstanding Leader, a Son of Awkunanaw

Hon. Chinyeaka C. Ohaa is no doubt, a man passionate about life’s endeavors. A man who has devoted his time and resources towards rebuilding our society, Sir Ohaa is also an impeccable leader with conspicuous integrity, whose interest for life gears towards ensuring people around him feels the impact and blessings that comes from God and humanity.

He is an epitome of human kindness and meekness, a rare philanthropist and an astute leader par excellence. He is indeed, one of the modern days politician and a renowned administrator.

He is also a devoted and ardent follower of Christ, who had attained the priestly ordination of a Knight as a member of Methodist Church of Nigeria. Sir CCO has raised men and women within our society, through his philanthropic gestures and other humanitarian services.

Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa was born into the family of Chief Ohaa Owo in Obuoffia community, Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State, and is married with children.

A Capital territory Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka started his educational ambition by attending Community Primary School Obuoffia and graduated in the year 1960 with excellent grades.

He proceeded to obtain his High education qualification as follows; General Certificate Examination(GCE) in (1979), West Africa Senior Certificate WASC (Division 1) in 1980.

As a prudent and financial administrator he did acquire vast knowledge and academic qualifications in different fields of studies from renowned and prestigious institutions. For instance, in (1985) he obtained Higher National Diploma in Finance, and later moved to acquire his (PGD) in Accountancy & Finance in (1990) which gave him a firm opportunity of obtaining his (MBA) in Banking and Finance in (1992).

Ohaa was first appointed as a Bursar (1986-1989) in Enugu State Education Commission. Again, he later became Accountant general at Vanguard Industries Limited, Enugu State in (1992-1993). In 1996-1993 Chinyeaka also became sub treasurer at Treasury Headquarters office of Accountant General Enugu State, and also, Sub Treasurer, (Lands) office of Accountant General Enugu State in 1996-1999.

Furthermore, by (1999-2006) Sir Ohaa was also elevated to the position of Accountant General Of Enugu State and later nominated as Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture in (2006-2007) under the administration of His Excellency, (Barr), Chime Sullivan, the former Governor of Enugu State.

Upon his resignation from the prestigious position of Honorable Commissioner, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa immediately shifted his selfless service to humanity from state level to the Federal, where he later served as deputy director in various ministerial offices including Ministry of Defense, where he served in the office of Audit and Account department.

He was later moved to the Ministry of Water Resources in (2013) where he continued his excellent services till 2016, when the administration of His Excellency, President Mohammed Buhari (GCFR) appointed him as Federal Capital Territory Permanent Secretary, under the Ministry of Youths and Sports in the Federal Civil Service Commission.

Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, a worthy son of Obuoffia has indeed rendered several humanitarian services both to those around him and beyond. As a philanthropist, Ohaa awarded scholarships to many indigent secondary and university students across his community.

Accordingly, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa also assisted over one thousand (1000) youths to secure resourceful job opportunities that today, the these youths are happily making their living with ease.

His heartfelt desire towards the empowerment of youths in our society equally necessitated his quest to always support and host football competitions in order to discover hidden talents of our youths for onward empowerment and career building.

Sir Ohaa has also demonstrated an apt leadership prowess and statesmanship by erecting and sheltering many homeless families who were without a place of abode within and outside his community as a man that believes in the principle of looking after the needy and the downtrodden.

Furthermore, he has in several occasions attracted whopping governmental projects to his community which includes accessible roads networks, pipe borne waters, modernize health care for health quality assurance, and electrification for an enhanced economic growth etc.

Without mincing words, it is also on record that, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa has been providing food for his people during the ember seasons, as cows, rice and other food condiments and presentation of cash gifts since 1999 till date. Hon.

Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa is also the current President General, Awkunanaw Welfare Association.

Conclusively, sir Chinyeaka Ohaa is one in a millioan, who has touched several lives unconditionally in Enugu State and Nigeria. As FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Ohaa has been able to secure good numbers of Job opportunities to many, especially to the Youths, for social and political growth. Sir Ohaa is also patron to many Youths political, social and welfare organizations across Nigeria. His quest for good governance and leadership inclusiveness is quite overwhelming.

Chime Ifebuchi Williams writes from Enugu State.