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Boundary disputes: We are witnessing provocation from Ondo, Edo states – Delta Govt

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The Delta State government has reported boundary provocations from Ondo and Edo states to the National Boundary Commission (NBC).

Deputy Governor of Delta State, Monday Onyeme, made the call on Tuesday when he led members of the state’s boundary committee on a courtesy call to the NBC in Abuja, stating that the NBC should urgently act to check the provocations being witnessed in the areas of dispute, as Deltans are peace-loving.

The disputes involve Delta State (Warri North Local Government Area) and Ondo State, Delta State (Ukwuani Local Government Area) and Edo State, Delta State (Ethiope West Local Government Area), and Delta State and Edo State (Ugbodu community, Aniocha North Local Government Area).

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He called on the NBC to urgently resolve the land disputes involving the state and its neighbors to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

Onyeme, who is the Chairman of the Delta State Boundary Committee (DSBC), said, “I am here on the directive of the Governor of Delta State, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, to present to the Commission some critical boundary disputes that have been brought before the committee, because the Delta State government has confidence in the ability of the National Boundary Commission as empowered by the law to do justice to the matters brought before it.”

The deputy governor thanked the NBC for intervening in several inter-state boundary disputes and expressed confidence that the commission would speedily address the issues raised.

“For us in the Delta State Boundary Committee, we have made several efforts to appeal to our communities to live in peace with each other, thereby enhancing the spirit of peaceful co-existence at intra and interstate levels in line with the MORE AGENDA of His Excellency, the Governor of Delta State, Hon Sheriff Oborevwori-led administration.”

Responding, the Director-General of the National Boundary Commission, Surveyor Adamu Adaji, expressed surprise that the boundary dispute between Delta and Ondo was still lingering, disclosing that the boundary had been properly demarcated using technical and political approaches.

The Director-General assured Onyeme and members of the committee that all the issues raised would be addressed before the end of the first tenure of the Hon Sheriff Oborevwori administration.

He thanked the committee for being the first to visit the commission in this dispensation, observing that the visit was clear evidence that the Hon. Oborevwori’s administration does not want anything that will negatively affect its MORE Agenda.

“We have had the opportunity of working very closely with the Delta state government; Delta State has a well-established boundary committee and we will do our best for you to succeed in your MORE Agenda,” Adaji said.


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