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Abounu calls for implementation of inter-state boundary resolutions

By Florence Ugbem

Benue State Deputy Governor and Chairman, State Boundary Committee, Engr Benson Abounu has frowned at the non-implementation of resolutions reached at the previous meeting of the National Boundary Commission (NBC), bothering on the depiction and demarcation of inter-state boundaries.

Engr Abounu spoke Wednesday, on behalf of state deputy governors of border states in the North Central Zone, at a one-day workshop on the ‘Establishment of a National Consultative Forum for Chairmen of State Boundary Committees of Border States in Nigeria and Border Management Agencies of the Federal Government’ held at Hawthorn Suites, Garki, Abuja.

The deputy governor frowned at the commission’s inability to implement resolutions reached in the past, siting the demarcation of the Benue/Ebonyi inter-state boundary along the Agila/Ngbo axis, which he stressed should have been carried out by now.

He noted that several meetings had been held, and the assurances of funding and logistic support by the Vice President and Chairman NBC, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, but no action has been taken up till date.

He added that though people of the North Central zone are also concerned with problems arising from boundary conflict with neighbouring countries, they are more concerned with conflicts from internal boundaries and how the NBC could assist in resolving them.

Engr Abounu identified border porosity as one major difficulty facing the nation and proposed the construction of a highway along the country’s border corridors. Stating that the construction of a major highway would reduce insecurity, smuggling, and cross-border crimes, and help significantly improve sub-regional integration and trade between the two countries.

The one-day workshop, which is aimed at establishing a veritable consultative forum for the engagement of Nigeria’s border states with respective composite border regions in neighbouring countries to promote peaceful coexistence, good neighborliness, and sub-regional integration resolved to carry out further consultations and work out the modalities for constituting the consultative forum.

The meeting was attended by the chairmen and deputy governors of the 21 state boundary committees of Nigeria’s border states.

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