The Ekiti State Authorities has assured of its readiness to engender peaceable coexistence with neighbouring states and resolve boundary disputes with them amicably.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, gave the peace of mind whereas making a presentation at a two-day interactive session organised by the Nationwide Boundary (NBC) with committees on the fringes within the Southwest Zone.
The session was held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
A press release by the Particular Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola stated the discussion board was attended by chairmen of the Boundary Committees (SBCs) of their respective states.
Different Deputy Governors who attended the parley had been Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele (Ogun), Mr. Rauf Olaniyan (Oyo), Mr. Fortunate Ayedatiwa (Ondo), Mr. Benedict Alabi (Osun) and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (Lagos). Alabi and Hamzat had been represented.
The NBC Director Basic, Mr. Adamu Adaji; the Surveyor-Basic of the Federation, Mr. Adeniran Taiwo additionally delivered papers whereas the Plenary session was chaired by famend historian and skilled on boundary issues, Prof. Anthony Asiwaju.
The six Southwest States resolved to develop higher methods to handle boundary disputes and forestall them from snowballing into violence, destruction of lives and property which might hinder growth and funding.
Addressing the session, Otunba Egbeyemi stated the state authorities recognised a peaceable relationship with neighbouring states as essential to the event of boundary communities and catalyst to their financial and social development.
Describing land issues in Nigeria as very delicate and risky, Otunba Egbeyemi famous that it was vital for stakeholders to at all times interact in dialogue with out permitting boundary disputes to end in skirmishes.
He stated: “We (Ekiti) are dedicated to peaceable coexistence with neighbouring states. Our conventional rulers and neighborhood leaders have at all times been proactive in bringing such points to our consideration which we now have attended to with dispatch.
“We now have intervened in disputes between Osan Ekiti in Moba Native Authorities of Ekiti State and Ilale in Oke Ero Native Authorities of Kwara State and between Okemesi Ekiti in Ekiti West Native Authorities of Ekiti State and Ila Orangun in Ila Native Authorities of Osun State.
“This wouldn’t have been achieved if not for the cooperation acquired from the involved neighbouring states. Our coming collectively on this discussion board will engender peace and growth in our states. We should always preserve a cordial relationship with ourselves.”
Ogun Governor, Prince Abiodun, acknowledged the strategic position of NBC within the peaceable decision of disputes in Nigeria, saying that violence arising therefrom might retard the event of boundary communities and discourage buyers.
He stated: “This Interactive Session supplies veritable alternatives for cross-fertilization of concepts in direction of resolving boundary disputes in our States.
“We’re neighbours and we should dwell collectively in peace. For instance, you can not get to Lagos State with out passing by way of Ogun State.
“Boundary disputes in Southwest haven’t been unmanageable as a result of all of us belong to the Yoruba extraction and we had been collectively at one time. You will need to undertake peaceable means to resolve points.”
The NBC boss disclosed that related interactive periods had been held in 4 different geopolitical zones: Northwest, Northeast, Northcentral and Southeast with that of Southsouth to carry quickly.
He careworn that inner boundaries have to be clearly demarcated, mapped out and never solely seen to the stakeholders however have to be revered by all.
Adaji known as for a synergy between NBC and SBCs calling for his or her correct and well timed funding to carry out their statutory capabilities.
The Surveyor Basic of the Federation, Mr. Taiwo, recommended sustained sensitization of the citizenry, involvement of the folks within the decision-making course of, improved infrastructure across the nation and acceptable laws for boundary upkeep as some panacea to boundary disputes.
The Chairman of the Plenary Session, Prof. Asiwaju, described the boundaries amongst States in Nigeria as synthetic urging the folks to not permit such to divide them.
He famous that African nations suffered the same destiny within the arms of the colonial masters who partitioned them with out regards to cultural, ethnic and lingual ties that had certain them collectively centuries earlier.
Prof. Asiwaju recommended that areas of prescribed authorities of conventional rulers are nicely outlined by the devices of their appointments saying the transfer would assist scale back pressure on the place their kingdoms begin and finish.
The scholar urged political leaders to make use of steady dialogue and different peacebuilding and battle decision mechanisms to resolve boundary disputes and forestall them from resulting in mindless killings.