The Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele has said that issues surrounding boundary matters should be given utmost attention, through dialogue and proper enlightenment with concerned parties so as to avert conflict.
Engr. Salako-Oyedele stated this in Abeokuta while playing host to the boundary sensitization committee of the National Boundary Commission (NBC) on the Benin Republic and Nigerian Border issues in the State, led by its Director- General, Surv. Adamu Adaji.
She maintained that both local and international land issues were sensitive, noting that there was need to approach it with caution, to avert conflict that could emanate if not properly and carefully handled.
“Issues of boundary dispute is something that has to be managed very well, especially in this age of social media. We already have an idea of where the pillars were, if not the exact position and base on this, we would be able to persuade our people and assure them of the governments’ support”, she said.
The Deputy Governor stressed that the government of both countries need to take immediate actions, to put an end to the lingering crises, saying the State government would not hesitate to render assistance where necessary, to ensure that its citizens are well protected.
” Ogun is a peace-loving State, therefore government would make its position known and take appropriate actions on the international border demarcation, after making necessary consultations with all parties involved”, she assured.
In his remarks, Surveyor Adaji explained that the Federal Government had been working with Republic of Benin and Ogun State since 2001 on boundary dispute, saying the way out was to hold on to the original 1914 Anglo-French agreement, where cordinate could be relocated with the cooperation and understanding of the parties involved.
Surveyor Adaji noted that if boundaries were properly defined, it would help prevent issues of claims, encroachment and tension, adding that investigation had shown that the Benin citizens were cautious of carrying out any construction that would exceed their boundary.
He requested that Ogun State Government should help enlighten its youths to cooperate with the NBC committee in its efforts towards finding a lasting solution to the boundary crises.