Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has inaugurated a 15-man boundary committee chaired by the Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja to work towards the lasting resolution of all lingering boundary concerns.
Bello at the event which held at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, on Friday, noted that setting up such a committee was 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 disclosed that despite sharing boundaries with over nine other 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 it’s 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, Kogi State Boundary Committee appreciated the Governor for his sterling leadership which has allowed the state to weather trying times even as regards to boundary conflicts and crisis.
He assured that the committee would utilise 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.