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Sep 5, 2017
Members of the league with Ika South Executive and Legislators

Sequel to the controversy which brewed bitter quarrel amongst the executive and legislative arms of Ika South Local Government Council over the Memorandum of Understanding for the purposed shopping mall and Ultra modern Market worth N 1.2 billion in the area which was signed between the council executive and an Abuja based firm, Alpha Beta Facility Management Technology Limited, a non-political socio-cultural group of Agbor Kingdom known as Agbor Opinion League has met with the council to resolve the crisis.
The meeting was held on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the office of the executive chairman of the council, Hon. Fred Ofume and in company of the leader of the legislative arm of the council, Hon. Sunday Iyeke, his colleague Hon. Samson Okoh Okamadu, Supervisors and some principal officers of the council.
Speaking at the meeting, Hon. Fred Ofume welcomed the league members and took time to explain the genesis down to the revelation of the issues which also include the news report of the cattle market.
He narrated how the council was able to observe some anomalies on the ownership of the market claimed by Mr. Alex Ikpazu and how they took certain decision which vis-a-vis led to the reclaiming of the market by the council. In this regard, he said Mr. Ikpazu reported an allegation of threat to his life to the Force headquarters in Abuja where the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) summoned the council for a meeting over the case. “However, the council with viable information and documents was able to come out clean, pending the determination of the actual ownership of the said parcel of land measuring about 13,200 square meters as against 7000 square claimed by Mr. Ikpazu. But as it is, we have gone to court again and our lawyer has advised that we get interlocutory injunction which prevents both the DIG and others to stay away until the case is determined by the court and until then the council remains in charge of the market,” Hon. Ofume added.
On the part of the shopping mall, Hon. Ofume disclosed that the controversy was a misunderstanding caused by improper communication between the executive and the Legislative arms, but also regretted that the issue had led the firm to pull out of the project.
Meanwhile he affirmed that the matter has so far been resolved and that they are working together to uphold the interest of the people of the local government.
Hon. Ofume promised that he would go extra mile to get the firm back into the project which according to him will make a huge impact towards the development of the local government as well as better the lot of the people.
The resolution of the crisis was also confirmed by the Legislative leader, Hon. Iyeke, who on his part pointed out that in an organization where there is no proper flow of communication, rancor abounds.
However, the chairman of the League, Dr. Cletus Otene expressed satisfaction on the agreement that the rancor has been resolved. He noted that the said publication on the national dailies did not portray the good image of the local government saying that it is tantamount to discouraging other investors from coming to invest in the local government.
“Let us have it at the back of our mind that without peace and unity development will and can never thrive in a community or establishment and that is why we are here to see that things are properly addressed for the council to forge ahead, and can be part of these Local government to be reckoned with across the country”. He advised Hon. Ofume to see the need of appointing an intermediary just to aid proper communication for mutual understanding. He concluded by appreciating both the Executive and the Legislators for honouring them.