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Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s led Anambra State Government has announced members of the state’s Truth, Justice and Peace Committee.
This followed the outcome of the Peace Building and Security Dialogue, recently convened by the governor at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Center, Awka.
Secretary to State the Government (SSG), Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, announcing the composition of the Committee on Wednesday at the Government House, Awka, named Professor Chidi Odinkalu as its chairman while Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu serves as the Secretary.
The members are Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, Dr Udenta Udenta, Dr Uju Agommo, Reverend Father Mary-Jerome Mmadueke and Canon Dr. Okechukwu Obi-Okoye.
Others are Mr. Charles Oputa( Charlie Boy), Dr. John Otu, Mr. Ngozi Odumuko, Ms. Onyeka Onwenu, Dr. Joe Abah, Mr. Chukuwma Okpalaezeukwu, Mr. Sam Egwuatu and Professor Joseph Ikechebelu.
The committee has a period of six months from its inauguration to present its preliminary report, and has not later than two months after the sunset of receipt of feed-back from the state government to present final report.
The committee has as its terms of reference to identify the remote and immediate causes of the agitations, restiveness, violence and armed struggle in the South East since 1999, document victims and circumstances of death, brutality and incarceration, identify stakeholders and groups, who have played critical roles in the agitations and conflicts, their roles, capabilities and demands.
Other terms of reference include addressing any other issues that may be germane to unravelling the extent of the crisis and charting the roadmap for the future as well as make recommendations for sustainable peace and security in Anambra State and South East.
Professor Chukwulobelu, who pointed out that Nigeria is facing a security challenge, said that the setting up of the Committee is pursuant to the call as contained in item 7c of the joint declaration by stakeholders at the recent dialogue session.
The SSG said that the committee will report directly to the governor or whoever he appoints and is free to draw up their methodology.