Ebonyi, Abia agree to implement resolutions on boundary disputes

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Ebonyi State First Lady, Mrs Josephine Elechi
Ebonyi State First Lady, Mrs Josephine Elechi

(NAN) Ebonyi and Abia Governments on Thursday agreed to implement resolutions that would resolve boundary disputes between both states.

This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting between representatives of both states, signed by their deputy governors and Director-General, National Boundary Commission (NBC), Dr Muhammad Ahmad.

According to the communiqué, the major stakeholders’ of both states are enjoined to encourage good neighbourliness through proper information dissemination.

“The existing peace along the boundary lines should be sustained through joint utilisation of the border resources by border communities in the affected states.

“Both states shall search for relevant delimitation documents describing and defining the Abia and Ebonyi interstate boundary and submit four copies to the NBC before Sept.30, 2014,” the communiqué stated.

The communiqué stipulated that screening of the documents would be held on Oct.9 and Oct.10, at the NBC headquarters in Abuja.

“The joint field team shall be inaugurated on Nov.17, at Nkwoagu, Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia.

“While the fieldwork shall commence at Uru-Lokpanta axis and be completed on or before Dec.18.

“The existing cooperation between both states and their border communities shall be encouraged by traditional rulers and local government area officials of both states.

“Chairmen of border local government areas should adopt strategies to synergise peace-building efforts, among others,” it stated.

Earlier, the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi Chief Dave Umahi, called on the Abia delegation to adopt the resolutions of the 2004 and 2008 meetings on the interstate boundary.

Umahi expressed optimism for more commitment toward the quick demarcation of the common boundary.

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Abia Deputy Governor Emeka Ananaba on his part recalled that far reaching decisions were taken at the 2004 meeting.

Ananaba, however, said that nothing had been done by both parties to implement the resolutions.

The NBC director-general in his remarks, noted that the commission commenced action on the boundary in 2004 and corroborated Ananaba’s assertion that the situation had remained the same since then.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by the Director Boundaries, Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation and Surveyors-General of both  states.

The members of the executive council members, traditional rulers of both states, among others, attended the meeting. (NAN)

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