Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele says, the Governor Dapo Abiodun led Administration is doing all within its power to ensure peace reigns across the state particularly in its boundary communities, while reiterating commitment to protect the heritage, lives and property of the people of Ogun state as a whole.
Engr Salako-Oyedele who stated this while meeting with representatives of Igbokofi and Asaga community in Yewa North Local government in her office in Oke-mosan, said the gathering was to get first hand information from the members of the affected communities rather than deal with hearsay, guesses or speculations.
She noted that the constant alterations between the people of the boundary areas and the Beninese, was having adverse effects on the mental psyche of the indigenes therefore the need to speedily identify the exact issue before putting in place machineries towards finding a lasting solution to the issue.
“The Government of Prince Dapo Abiodun will continue to ensure security of lives and properties of citizens of the state. We will also work with relevant agencies, especially National Boundary Commission (NBC) towards finding a lasting solution to boundary issues between Nigeria and Benin Republic” she said.
She however appealed to members of the affected areas to ensure continued peaceful coexistence with the assurance that in no time, a lasting will be found to the issue on ground.
The State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Mr Akingbolahan Adeniran , represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mr James Mafe, urged the representatives to sensitise their people to be law abiding, so that there won’t be breakdown of law and order, adding that facts must also be well established before any step is taken.
In his remarks, the Chairman Yewa North Local Government, Mr Bankole David, Chairman pleaded with the state government to take immediate action to avert loss of lives and properties as nerves were frayed, while also requesting for the grading of ijoun to igbokofi roads so as to make it motorable for the inspection team to the area, especially the National Boundary Commission and the state delegates.
Also speaking, Surveyor General of the State, Mr Ken Salam Onososen, said the prevailing misunderstanding of boundary issues between Nigeria and Benin Republic was as a result of the inability to act upon the initial boundary agreement between Nigeria and Benin republic.
The Asoju Oba of Ijounland, Chief Olaleye Emmanuel, called on the government to do all within its power to find a lasting solution to the problem before it gets out of control.