Awka - A politician in Anambra, Emmanuel Nweke, has called for dialogue to resolve the misunderstanding in border communities between Anambra and Kogi following the discovery of oil in the area.
Nweke made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Wednesday, while regretting the loss of lives and property in the area due to the unrest.
He called on the states to engage in more robust enlightenment of their people in the area to assure them of their safety and development.
He commended the Federal Government for according Anambra the status of an oil-producing state and urged it to effect the benefits accruable to the status.
He also commended Gov. Peter Obi for his efforts in attaining the status.
"There is the need for peace in the oil field area, and I am calling for a more robust dialogue between the governments of the states for the benefits of the oil to be realised.
"Dialogue is a way out of the situation because these are some of the challenges the next administration in Anambra will face.
"We need to consolidate on the success of Gov. Peter Obi so far in securing the oil status for the state. We need to develop the area to accommodate multinationals that would come into the state for business," he said.
The gubernatorial aspirant said that if elected to lead the state, he would apply the best of diplomacy in addressing the problem because human life was precious and should be protected.
Nweke also said there was the need to create more business clusters in the state to quicken economic growth and enhance the welfare of the citizens.
He said investors would embrace the state if there was an enabling business environment.
"You can only attract investment to the state by providing all the necessary elements of a friendly business environment.
"We need more commercial areas and industrial centres apart from Onitshsa, Nnewi and Awka.
"There is the need to link the towns and villages with good roads, adequate security and power supply, as these would attract investors," he said.