Abia State Government Inaugurates Boundary Committee To Deal With Intra, Inter-State Boundary Disputes In The State

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The Members of the state boundary committee have been inaugurated with a charge on them to exhibit high sense of maturity, integrity and impartiality in their discharge of duties.

Speaking during the inauguration held at the Aguiyi Ironsi Conference Center, Umuahia, the Deputy Governor who also doubles as the Chairman of the committee, Engr Ikechukwu Emetu, said that Abia state bounded by seven states which includes Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers State have boundary challenges with some of the states.

Engr Emetu said that the administration of His Excellency, Dr Alex Otti, OFR, assumed office at the most difficult period of the history of the state

He said, “The problems we inherited from past administrations are enormous and overwhelming.

“Despite those daunting difficulties, we have managed to keep the machinery of government operational because of our avowed commitment to offer selfless and quality service to our people who have suffered deprivation and neglect over the years.”

Engr Emetu reiterated that the government do not have any other business being in governance than to serve the people.

He said the present government has to re-write the history of the state and the challenges posed by intra and inter-state boundaries

The Deputy Governor used the opportunity to warn warring border communities in the state to abide by government decisions and directives or risk losing the entire community lands to the government.

He listed the committee’s terms of reference to include: to deal with intra and inter-state boundary disputes with a view to solving them, monitor trans-border relations with neighboring states to promoting inter community relationship and evaluate development needs of border areas and advise government accordingly.

Others are to carry out enlightenment campaign to create general awareness among the public that boundaries are meant for administrative purposes and not barrier to interaction, as well as carry out demarcation of any resolved boundaries within the state and encourage negotiated settlement of boundaries dispute in preference to court action

The Deputy Governor and Committee Chairman maintained that the State Government has no other business than to serve the people adding that the challenges posed by intra and inter state boundaries would receive huge attention.

Speaking at the inauguration, the consultant to the state on boundary matters, Sir Chris Nwanevu gave an overview of boundary matters in the state and disclosed that the demarcation of Ndimeme and Edima Abam in Arochukwu Local Government would commence on Wednesday this week and appealed to the warring factions to sheath their sword and allow peace to reign.

He further called for assistance and cooperation from border communities, to enable the committee to carry out its functions seamlessly.

The consultant equally solicited for security assistance from the state

overnment in view of the sensitive nature of their assignment.