From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
Yobe state Governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam, has urged the National Boundary Commission (NBC), to hasten the process of field completion and final demarcation exercises on the Yobe-Bauchi and Yobe-Gombe states boundary.
He made the appeal yesterday when the Director-General of the Commission, Dr.Muhammad Bose Ahmad, led a delegation members of the commission to a courtesy call to him at government house,
Damaturu, the state capital.
He noted that from within and between the states in Nigeria, there occurs disputes resulting from non-delimitation of boundaries, territorial disputes over possession and control of land thereby posing threat to peaceful and harmonious co-existence, and in some unfortunate situations, resulting in loss of lives and properties.
He pointed out that this unresolved problems had been responsible for the disputes between people living in border communities along Yobe, Bauchi, and Gombe state boundaries, with specific emphasis on the dispute between Fika and Nafada local government areas in Yobe and Gombe states, that between Jakusko and Zaki and Gamawa, as well as Nangere with Dambam in Yobe and Bauchi states respectively.
He pointed out that it was for the resolution of such disputes that the Yobe state government established a state boundary committee, under the Chairmanship of the state deputy governor, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, also the a local government boundary commission operating under the guidance of the main committee, which handles issues of disputes between the communities that shares boundaries, especially those mentioned above.
He urged the Commission to be guided by the principles of fair play, objectivity, impartiality and some elements of firmness which would demonstrate that the Commission was not merely effective, but in full control of all the situations that are geared towards amicable resolution of inter-state or international boundary disputes.
He therefore urged the national boundary commission to take an urgent action that would facilitate amicable resolution of the border disputes, ensure peaceful co-existence, stability and happiness brotherly citizens.
Earlier briefing the governor on their mission, the director-general of the national boundary commission, Dr. Muhammad Bose Ahmad, told the governor that they were in the state to discuss further on the efforts to address the problems of claims and counterclaims to sectors of the boundaries.