The Director General of National Boundary Commission, Mr. Adamu Adaji, says the Commission will soon commence the process of delineation and demarcation of the boundary between Abia and Akwa Ibom States to put an end to the lingering crisis of boundary skirmishes and loss of lives.
Mr. Adaji stated this during a Joint sensitization and enlightenment campaign along Abia and Akwa Ibom interstate boundary held at the FOB, 144 Battalion, Nigerian Army, 14 Brigade, Akirika Obu in Ukwa East Local Government Area.
He reassured the Governments of Abia and Akwa Ibom States that they will ensure that their interstate boundaries are defined and urged both communities to embrace peace.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, commended the Commission for ensuring that their boundary with neighbouring States are delineated, maintaining that demarcating the boundaries will bring peace and stop loss of lives.
Sir Oko Chukwu who reminded the two communities that Land matters should not be avenues to shed blood, urged them to cooperate with the Boundary Officials and appealed to Security personnel to mop up arms from those illegally possessing them to reduce tension along the border lines.
In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Sir Moses Ekpo, stated that it will be a great achievement if the boundary problem between the two Local Governments of Akirika Obu and lkot Udo is resolved.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Boundary Matters, Sir Chris Nwanevu, pointed out that there are documents and decrees that clearly defines ownership of all the disputed areas and called for truthfulness in making claims.
In their various remarks, the Chairman of Ukwa East Local Government Area, Mr. Chuks Wabara and his Ika Local Government Area counterpart, Malachi Ekpe, noted that based on available records, what they are experiencing is not a boundary issue, but that of encroachment and called on the National Boundary Commission to expedite action on the demarcation of the boundary between the two communities.
Our Government House Correspondent, Mercy Kalu, reports that the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Capt. Awa Udensi (Rtd) and his Boundary Matters counterpart, Chief Mascot Imo Obike, members of the State Boundary Committee, Security personnel, Traditional Rulers and stakeholders on Security Matters were present during the meeting.