DESPITE plethora of boundary disputes rocking communities in Anambra and Enugu States, Anambra State Government is keen not to let such issues draw back the brotherly relationship between the two states.
Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, made the pledge in Ajalli, Orumba North Local Government Area, stating that the two states have a duty to go about resolving boundary disputes as mere misunderstanding between two brothers.
Dr. Okeke made this known on Tuesday while speaking at a ceremony to flag off additional field works necessary to be carried out in Anambra-Enugu inter-state boundaries.
Imploring all stakeholders to approach the exercise with open mind, in the interest of the long history of cordial relationship between Anambra and Enugu States which, according to him, should outweigh every tendency to taking the lion’s share in boundary adjustments.
“Anambra and Enugu are sister states that have maintained a long history of cordial relationship. God forbid that we may jeopardise this cordiality because of boundary related issues,” he said.
The Anambra Deputy Governor further reiterated boundary demarcations as mere administrative policy frameworks, which should not be allowed to bring disunity between brothers, expressing confidence that the exercise will not only be fruitful but also bring about lasting peace between the two states.
In her speech, Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Cecilia Ezeilo, toed the same position with Okeke, urging communities on the border of the states to close their ranks and ensure that mutual relationships are maintained.
Earlier in his opening remark, Director General of National Boundary Commission, Adamu Adaji, said the technical committee would revisit some identified sectors, precisely areas marked as sectors three and eight.
“The additional field work which would be carried out by the Joint Field Team, led by the office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, would last for 30 days. The team is expected to traverse the entire stretch of the boundary,” Adaji stated.
He further explained boundary lines as convenient points of contacts between border communities that serve to strengthen socio-cultural integration and cooperation of various communities within the state.
The event, which was held at Orumba North Coucil Secretariats was also graced by Surveyor General of the Federation, chairmen of local governments areas and traditional rulers, among other dignitaries.
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