Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has called on the residents of Okobo-Enjema communities in Ankpa Local Government Area of the state to remain calm and maintain absolute peace assuring that the ongoing dispute with Eta-Zuma Group (W/A) Limited, a mining company in the areas would be addressed without delay.
Governor Bello stated this in government house Lokoja during a meeting with Dr. Innocent O. Ezuma , the Chief Executive Officer of Eta-Zuma, Hon Ibrahim Abagwu, the Chairman of Ankpa Local Government, and other government representatives.
Governor Bello acknowledged that the fundamental responsibility of the government is to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens.
He emphasized his administration’s diligent efforts to create a secure environment, conducive for both the residents and potential investors keen on venturing into the state.
Governor Bello asserted his dedication to safeguarding investments across all regions of the state while simultaneously working to ensure that the rights and privileges of host communities are upheld.
He highlighted the objective of transforming Kogi State into an attractive destination for investors through the establishment of conducive business environment.
It was made clear that adherence to agreements with relevant agencies and host communities, along with fulfilling corporate social responsibilities, would prevent disputes.
The governor commended the people of the region for their nonviolent approach in addressing the issue.
He issued a directive permitting Eta-Zuma Group (W/A) Limited to resume operations at their site while the resolution process continues.
Recall that recently that was a conflict between the Okobo community and Eta-Zuma Group (W/A) Limited, a coal mining enterprise where the company was accused of illegal mining and encroachment.
The community also accused the company of obstructing legally recognized artisan miners from their activities, a situation that made Governor Bello to instructed Eta-Zuma Group (W/A) Limited to cease operations temporarily in order to maintain law and order.