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Published On: Fri, May 25th, 2018

FCTA, Niger gov’ts resolve to swiftly end boundary crisis

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The FCT Administration and Niger State government have reiterated resolve to swiftly end the lingering boundary crisis and other related issues, in order to safeguard the lives and property of their people.
Our correspondent reports that authorities in FCTA and Niger state, are upping steps to stem any further outbreak of crisis or misunderstanding in the boundary areas between them.
To this end, it was learnt that both governments have agreed to stop all developments around the contiguous area between both states, as checks revealed that Bwari Area Council as well as the FCT are laying claims to the area and allocating lands for development.
It was also gathered that in Dakwa community there were already fracas as several authorities are laying claim to legitimacy of the area.
Speaking on the development, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, while playing host to Niger state Governor, who was at in his office in Garki Area 11, Abuja, told newsmen that FCT and Niger State have agreed that an existing committee on the crisis has to conclude its work as soon as possible.
Bello explains: “We discussed about the need to handle environmental pollution, especially in the villages and cities around the boundary area, and because of population explosion.
“We tasked all the relevant officials to really continue to work and to ensure that this is made at community level because government cannot continue to intervene to what ordinarily it is supposed to be a community activity.
“We also acknowledged the fact that a lot of
work is been done now at the Federal Ministry for Finance level to ensure that residents of the boundary city-town that are working in
the FCT are taxed, particularly those that are on salaries pay their taxes to places where they reside.”
Similarly, Niger state Governor reiterates that: “For sometimes now, we have been having problems with regards to boundaries and I think it is time for us to address it once and for all.
We had a very good meeting and hopefully the matter was resolved to enhance security in Niger State and the FCT.”

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