The National Boundary Commission (NBC) says it’s at present intervening in 86 interstate boundary disputes with the willpower to create a peaceable environment inside the boundary corridors.
The Director-General of the Commission, Mr Adamu Adaji, made this identified on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.
Adaji reiterated the fee’s dedication to make sure a peaceable boundary regime amongst communities, states, and between Nigeria and its neighbouring nations.
“We have been intervening in them and we are able to say we’ve been in a position to resolve about 30 of those instances although in some instances not absolutely.
“The resolutions could also be partly, some gray areas are nonetheless pending and we’ll look into them as we make progress.
“There are so many different boundaries which might be nonetheless in dispute and we are attempting our greatest to make sure that these disputes are lowered to the barest minimal by making an attempt to resolve them as rapidly as doable,’’ he stated.
Adaji listed boundaries between Abia and Cross River, Abia and Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Ebonyi, Benue and Taraba, Benue and Ebony, Ebonyi and Enugu, Anambra and Kogi, Anambra and Enugu, Anambra and Abia as flashpoints.
“Some of them, we’ve made some progress and we are attempting the a lot we are able to to see that these boundaries are resolved as rapidly as doable.
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“We need to have peaceable boundary regime among the many communities, states, and good relationship between Nigeria and her neighbours.
“We need folks to nurture this concept of peaceable coexistence and admire what boundaries are meant for,’’ he stated.
While disclosing the fee’s efforts to point out limits by its built-in boundary administration system, Adaji emphasised the necessity to demarcate the boundaries bodily on floor to grow to be seen.
According to him, the definition and demarcation of those boundaries bodily on floor is necessary in order that it may be very seen.
“Our imaginative and prescient is to make sure we’ve a really peaceable boundary regime to have folks appreciating boundaries for what they’re; there are close to administrative association to point out limits.
“Over the years, we’ve been making an attempt to outline these boundaries in such a method that it may be understood however for folks to understand it correctly, it needs to be bodily established on floor.
“We have an built-in system of administration of those boundaries and on the Federal stage is the National Boundary Commission, boundary committees on the state and native authorities ranges to figuring out the native authorities boundaries.
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“They ought to work in synergy in the direction of establishing and figuring out our boundaries and resolving all boundary points that will come up.
“The states have been cooperating thus far however not with out some obstacles.
“There are some uncooperative attitudes occasionally occasioned by the communities’ resistance to a few of our actions due to their unsuitable perceptions of what boundaries actually ought to be.
“So, we attempt as a lot as doable to sensitise these communities by the state boundary committees and native authorities boundary committees for them to purchase into our actions and admire the extent and essence of boundaries usually,’’ he stated.
Adaji stated that the fee relied on devices inherited from the colonial masters, information, gazettes, treaties, agreements, maps, chats, inscriptions amongst others to outline the boundaries.
“Where a few of these devices are poor, we resort to the precept of floor to paper.
“It is a precept we needed to create whereby we go on floor and depend on the communities and the states to point out us what’s agreeable.
“We take it from the bottom and switch it to paper, attempt to make suggestions, evaluation and outline for presidency to simply accept as a boundary between affected communities and states because the case could also be,’’ he stated.
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