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Anambra, Enugu intensify effort at resolving boundary disputes

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A JOINT meeting of officials of Anambra andEnugu Interstate Boundary Committee has again resolved to continue to explore peaceful resolution of boundary dispute involving the two states.

The meeting was held at the Indoor Sports Hall, Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, on Thursday.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, Anambra Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, who is Chairman, Anambra Boundary Commission, noted that peaceful solution to the boundary issues could be driven by continued discussion on the matter.

“Boundaries are used to mark the beginnings and the end of a state to another; there is need for the establishment of boundaries, so as to help in administration of given areas. It is not to cause enmity among communities.”

Okeke, then, expressed optimism at the outcome of the meeting, which he noted mutually agreed to continue to actualise final demarcation of the disputed boundaries.

“This will help in instituting peaceful coexistence at the borders of the two states.”
Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Cecelia Ezeilo, also Chairman, Enugu Boundary Commission, described the meeting as a step toward the final resolution .

She commended the National Boundary Commission, Abuja and Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation for their relentless efforts geared toward peaceful demarcation of community in between Anambra and Enugu.

She also hailed the two boundary committees of the states, as well as other stakeholders for their various contributions aimed at ensuring peaceful resolution of the dispute.

Director-General, National Boundary Commission, Dr Mohammed Ahmed, observed that numerous technical meetings and visits to the border communities had enabled the committee to come close to establishing the boundaries.

He added that about 50 per cent of the boundary area to be in consensus, while 30 per cent had been accepted by the committee to be divided using delimited methods, even though there were still some grey sectors of about 20 per cent.

He prayed the meeting to lead to final separation of the boundary issues. The DG explained that boundary should not be seen as means to divide states but for state governments to know their limit while undertaking road projects.
He called for spirit of cooperation among the two sister states to achieve desirable results.

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