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Friday, September 08, 2017

Anambra/Kogi States Move To Settle Boundary Problems

Anambra and Kogi States are initiating unanimous robust efforts to resolve the age long boundary issues existing between the two States.

Deputy Governors of Anambra, Dr. Nkem Okeke and Kogi, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday, held a joint meeting till midnight, at the Government House, Awka, unbehalf of their States' Governors to permanently resolve the issues.

In an introductory remark, Deputy Governor Okeke said that the meeting was necessary in order to harmonize views and strategize, though there had been efforts in the past, amidst provision of funds by State government to settle the boundary problems.

While saying that past settlement initiatives had not yielded fruits yet, Dr Okeke said that from recent efforts, both Governors are very much interested in resolving the issues, expressing optimism that with collaborative synergy between both States and the National Boundary Commission to further sensitize inhabitants, establish the boundaries, among others will hopefully settle the issue in perpetuity.

He added that government is committed to putting an end to the killings in the dispute areas, and asked them to toe the line of peace.

On his part, the Kogi State Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba, while thanking the Federal government and the joint field teams for their patience and sacrifice at resolving the issues, said the meeting aims to resume negotiations and baring of their minds on grey areas that require collective attention.

Deputy Governor Achuba further stressed their disposition towards the use of other alternatives to bring peace, describing the meeting as all important.

Giving an overview, the Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed commended both States' Governors for insisting on peace, saying that the move is an evidence of forward and positive thinking, saying that hopefully, the tripartite points between Anambra, Enugu and Kogi States will be established also.

Dr. Ahmed who stressed that in this twenty first century, the international Community has deviced means for cross border corperation and means to divide cross border resources, said that hopefully, a win win situation will be finally arrived at.

Present also were the Director, Internal Boundaries, Surveyor Adamu Adaji, Surveyors General from both States, among others.

The team earlier called on Governor Willie Obiano at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia.

By Ejike Abana

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