We will not allow any part of the state to be balkanized – RSG
By Dennis Essang, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government says it will not allow any part of the state to be Balkanized or annexed under any guise.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr. ( Mrs) lpalibo Harry Banigo stated this while playing host to a delegation of Ogbakor Etche at Government House in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
According to the Deputy Governor, Etche communities wrongly placed in lmo state on the 10th edition of the administrative map of Nigeria would be corrected, stressing that the Governor Wike led Administration’s commitment to protect the interest of the Rivers people is not negotiable.. ” l want you to ensure your people that they should just stay calm. There is a matter in court on this boundary issue, a matter instituted by the Rivers State Government against the lmo State Government on this and the matter is progressing , so you don’t need to entertain any fear”, Dr. Banigo stressed
The Deputy Governor said by dialect, geographical, socio- cultural and political affinity the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality are Rivers people, adding that the 10th edition of the map ceding more pars of Etche to lmo state was an ill- fated and erroneous publication.
She expressed gratitude to the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality for supporting the Governor Wike led administration in the state.
Earlier the President General of Ogbakor Etche Charles Nwonuala, had informed the Deputy Governor that the people of Etche are not happy with the wrong placement of some communities in the 10th edition of administrative map of Nigeria and appealed that the Rivers State Government should take up this challenge to protect the communities.