Members of the Kogi State Boundary Committee, with the Governor, Yahaya Bello
Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello on Friday inaugurated a 15-man Kogi State Boundary Committee chaired by the Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja with the task to work towards a lasting resolution of all lingering boundary concerns.
At the event at the Kogi Government House, the governor noted that setting up such a committee was a responsibility in a bid to maintain peace and security knowing how notorious boundary conflict could be.
He recalled that before his administration, there were boundary conflicts with some neighbouring states, within the states, and even amongst communities and clans; however, his administration had been able to maintain peaceful co-existence.
The Governor asserted that despite sharing boundaries with over 9 states, his government had come up with its own initiative to maintain peace.
He said that aside from the interstate meeting between Kogi State and the FCT in July, his government deemed it necessary to set up the Kogi State Boundary Committee drawing its legal backing from Section 24 (1) of the National Boundary Commission Act of 2006 which empowered state government in that regards.
The Governor revealed that a Director General would be appointed for the committee which would most preferably be a civil servant in a bid to ensure the smooth daily running of the committee.
In his response, the Deputy Governor and Chairman, of the Kogi State Boundary Committee thanked the Governor for his sterling leadership which had allowed the state to weather trying times even as regards boundary conflicts and crises.
He assured that the committee would utilize their wealth of experience to navigate all existing conflicts amongst boundary states asserting that their first task was the delineation between the state and the Federal Capital Territory which would commence on Monday and span for 21 days.
Kogi State has internal boundaries with 9 States and the FCT, making it the state with the most internal boundaries in Nigeria.
These States are in the South East, South South, South West and North Central Geopolitical Zones of the Country.
We shall deliver as charged. No alternative to a secured, peaceful and united society. Mr Onoja affirmed
Reporting by Alfa Yakubu, editing by Daniel Adejo