Ekiti, Osun move to avert clashes at boundary communities

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The Ekiti State Government has pledged its commitment to maintaining
peace along its boundaries with neighbouring Osun State.

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The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, disclosed this during a
Joint Meeting of Ekiti and Osun officials on the Interstate Boundary
organised by the National Boundary Commission held in Osogbo, Osun
State capital.
Egbeyemi and his Osun State counterpart Mr. Benedict Alabi, expressed
confidence that an amicable and lasting solution would be found to the
lingering dispute along communities located on the boundaries of the
two sister states.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the
Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the peace parley was chaired by the
Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Mr. Adamu Adaji.
The two Deputy Governors who signed a seven-point communique at the
end of the one-day meeting appealed to the affected boundary
communities to give peace a chance and refrain from actions that could
lead to breakdown of law and order among them.
The Deputy Governors were joined by the Attorneys
General/Commissioners of Justice of the two States, Mr. Wale Fapohunda
(Ekiti) and Mr. Femi Akande (Osun), local government chairmen and
traditional rulers of the affected communities.
Egbeyemi in his keynote address expressed concern that the people
living along the boundaries of the two States had been operating under
very stringent conditions because they had been restrained from
engaging in development projects in the disputed areas.
He said: “While the two States are making frantic efforts to resolve
the border problems, I wish to implore our people from both States to
embrace peace and love and avoid provocation that can escalate tension
among border dwellers.
“They should remember that it is only in an atmosphere of peace and
harmony that equitable/joint utilization of border resources,
facilities and amenities could be feasible and jointly enjoyed by the
two States.”
The Osun Deputy Governor, Mr. Alabi, said difference in the positions
of the two States does not in any way suggests enmity, but it is a
reflection of sound minds and certainty of social composition.
He added: “I have no doubt in my mind that with this latest
intervention and commitment, this marks the end of brewing acrimony at
the border towns of the two states, and the beginning of renewed hope,
prosperity and harmonious co-existence in the area.”
Some of the flashpoints of tension along the boundaries are
Okemesi/Esa Oke, Efon Alaaye/Esa Oke, Efon Alaaye/Erin Ijesa, Osan/Ila
Orangun and Ogotun/Ikeji Ile.
The NBC Director General, Mr. Adaji, who was represented by the
Director, Interstate Boundaries Department, Dr. Richard Orji, recalled
that the agency’s last engagement on the Ekiti/Osun interstate
boundary was in 2013.
Adaji noted that occasional tension arose in some sectors of the
boundary because of claims and counter-claims by the affected
communities of the two states assuring that the commission would leave
no stone unturned in the quest for peaceful demarcation of the
boundaries.
While noting that the last meeting of the two States held in Esa Oke,
Osun State on 18th June, 2020 helped to douse tension, Adaji assured
that the commission was encouraged by the commitment of the two
governments and would expedite action on the assignment at hand.
At the meeting, technical reports on the interstate boundaries were
presented by the Acting Surveyor General of Ekiti State, Mr. Olaniyi
Ibidunmoye; Surveyor General of Osun State Mr. Abiola Adejumobi and
the representative of the Surveyor General of the Federation Mr.
Magaji Duniya.
The highlights of the communique included a resolution that the
fieldwork on the location of the tripartite point should commence from
2nd – 7th of November, 2020 to be preceded by Joint Public
Enlightenment from 26th – 30th October, 2020.
It was also resolved, among others, that border dwellers should
continue to maintain peace and the status quo maintained pending the
final resolution of the dispute.

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