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ABIA DEPUTY GOVERNOR ADVISES NBC TO SHOW COMMITMENT TO SOLVING BOUNDARY ISSUES

ABIA DEPUTY GOVERNOR ADVISES NBC TO SHOW COMMITMENT TO SOLVING BOUNDARY ISSUES

The Deputy Governor of Abia state, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu has encouraged the National Boundary Commission to muster the political will to devise means of bringing lasting solutions to interstate boundary disputes.

This he said would be achieved by permanently demarcating the boundary lines of disputing states rather than trivializing issues boarding on boundary problems.

Sir Oko Chukwu who gave the advice during a 2 day Interactive Session of National Boundary Commission with States’ Boundary Committees in the South East Zone at the ADIG Suites Hotel, Besara Road, Independent layout, Enugu further called on the National Boundary Commission to be more proactive in resolving inter States boundaries across to South East and nation at large to check colossal loss of lives and property arising from boundary Skirmishes.

The Deputy Governor who is also the Chairman Abia State Boundary Committee urged governments at all level to be more serious and provide enough resources to the joint field workers and other stakeholders involved in the boundary demarcation exercise to enable them discharge and perform optimally and bring the issues of demarcation of boundaries to a logical conclusion.

In their remarks, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo and her Imo state counterpart, Prof. Placid Njoku enjoined the National Boundary Commission to hasten up the process of boundary demarcation between states in the South East Zone and appreciated the leadership of national boundary commission for conveying the Interactive Session that provided them the platform to brainstorm on problems confronting them on the way forward.

In his paper presentation, titled ” the Definition of Inter state Boundaries; The Management Structure and the Journey so Far- South East Zone in Prospective, the Acting Director, National Boundary Commission, Surv. Adamu Adaji attributed some of the reasons for disputes to non proper delimitation of the boundaries when new administrative units are created, politics of boundaries and the ambiguous delineation of the boundaries on maps and chats that cannot be translated onto the ground among others and described the commission as a body that was established in 1987 to foster peace and increase cooperation between the border communities.

The Session also featured presentations on Activities of the Abia State Boundary Committee towards collective resolution of boundary problems in the State and neighbouring states by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Boundary Matters, Sir Chris Nwanevu, goodwill messages , papers presentation from various resources persons as well as questions and answers session from participants and stakeholders which was anchored by the Chairman on the Occasion, Prof. A.O Ekoko .

The representatives of Deputy governors of Anambra and Ebonyi States, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Office of the Deputy Governor, Sir Don Ubani, wife of former Deputy Governor and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Survey, Mrs Joy Nwakanma, members of the state Boundary Committee, Traditional Rulers, security personnel and Stakeholders in the boundary issues attended the interactive session.

Charles reporting from deputy governor’s office.
12th March 2020.

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