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query_builder September 12, 2018 16:54:07

By Ogbuagu Benjamin

Awka, Sept.12, 2018 (MOI)

Stakeholders in the boundary project have been tasked to be forthright when dealing with boundary issues.

Anambra Deputy Governor Dr Nkem Okeke made this assertion while hosting board member representing South-East Zone, National Boundary Commission, Mrs Ugonna Nnanna Uzor Kalu in his office at Awka.

Dr Okeke noted greed was major factor affecting boundary tussles and called on communities to always imbibe ``the spirit of give and take ‘’, in amicable resolution of boundary disputes.

Mrs Kalu said this tour gave her the opportunity to meet and brainstorm with major stakeholders with a view to finding ways to resolve most of the crises.

She advocated for establishment of mediation centres across the states, urging federal and state governments to be more proactive in funding boundary-related matters.

Mrs Kalu used the opportunity to solicit for the state government’s support toward the launch of her pet project, ``Say No to Boundary Crisis’’, which according to her is an aggressive sensitisation campaign.

She said the pet project was targeted at our rural communities on dangers inherent in boundary crisis and the need for peaceful co-existence among neighbouring communities.

Ifeanyi Ajoku, Surveyor-General of Anambra State berated the Commission for delays in erecting boundary monuments, especially in areas, where there had been consensus by neighbouring communities.

He emphasised that this could lead to unnecessary complications in the resolution of boundary disputes.

``Some of these communities will rescind their initial stand overtime, especially when they observe that no action has been taken,’’ Ajoku said.

Mr Emma Nwokoye, Executive Secretary, Anambra State Boundary Committee, solicited the intervention in the conclusion of some of the inter-state boundary cases, especially that of Anambra/Enugu interstate boundary. (MOI)