The Governor said the state spent N73 million monthly during the crisis.
The Ebonyi Government said on Tuesday that it was spending N8.5 weekly to maintain peace in the war-ravaged Ezillo community in Ishiellu Local Government Area of the state since 2010.
The amount was spent on the upkeep of security operatives and other exigencies since the outbreak of the fratricidal war between the community and its Ezza neighbours in 2010.
Governor Martin Elechi disclosed this at Okpoto, Ishiellu LGA, during the State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP organised Appreciation Tour of the area.
At N8.5mn per week, the governor implied the state has spent over N1 billion since the 2010 fracas.
Mr. Elechi said that though the war was curtailed in 2011, its resultant human and material losses were unquantifiable.
“It is instructive to note that we spent N73 million monthly to ensure peace in the area during the war as all these were part of the material losses suffered,” he said.
“This cannot, however, be compared to the loss of innocent lives and destruction of valuable properties during that period.
“If all these funds were used to provide infrastructure such as electricity, pipe borne water, among others, it could had been better for the people.”
Mr. Elechi charged the people to maintain the prevailing peace presently existing in the area to attract development.
“Ishiellu has suffered the gruelling effects of the war as no development can be recorded in violence-prone areas,” he said.
The governor denied insinuations that he was at war with Anambra indigenes due to the government’s refusal to allow the Ibeto Group operate as the core investors of the Nigerian Cement Factory (NIGERCEM), Nkalagu.
“Those parading themselves as the core investors of the company are not genuine as they are only interested in using it to acquire importation licence for cement,” he said.
“Instead of developing the place, they have indulged in unwarranted looting and vandalism of facilities.
“I have more friends from Anambra than I have from Ebonyi as I enjoy a cordial relationship with Chief Cletus Ibeto, though we don’t agree on the NIGERCEM issue.”
Mr. Elechi said that the state was interested in reclaiming the piece of land on which the company was inaugurated, which made it revoked the Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) earlier issued for the construction.
“It took us 39 years to achieve Ebonyi and would not mind if it takes us 93 years to reclaim the land instead of allowing thieves to take over the company,” he said.
Obinna Nwachukwu, the Chairman of the local government council, thanked the governor for the visit and listed his development strides in the areas of infrastructure, education, health and agriculture.
Goodwiil messages were delivered at the occasion by the state Deputy Governor and the PDP Chairman, among others, as the party used the occasion to receive defectors from other parties.
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