By Jessica Ude
National Boundary Commission in the occasion organized at Orumba North Local Government Area (LGA) headquarters hailed off extra field work with certain parts of Anambra/Enugu Inter-state boundary.
National Boundary Commission, Acting Director-General, Mr Adamu A. Adaji affirmed the boundary in particular to be administrative owned and not traditional boundary as thought.
Adamu stated that it was identified by the Nigerian government to be the border between Anambra and Enugu States as specific units.
He reminded them that boundaries are not expected to isolate neighbors, who live on the two sides of the borderline, rather the boundaries are obviously to show furthest reaches of the states for regulatory purposes.”
The acting DG applauded the two state governments for their commitment on the exercise and urged them to support the Joint Field Team. He also advised the team members to co-operate with members of host communities and ignore unnecessary distractions thereby focusing on their duties professionally.
Anambra State, Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke pleaded with all parties involved in the exercise to approach it with open minds.
Dr. Nkem assured the people that Anambra and Enugu states cannot afford to destroy the relationship that has existed between both states because of boundary-related issues.
“Be optimistic, truthful, sincere, the zeal to give cheerfully to enable long lasting peace and fruitfulness of the project”, he said.
Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo praised the Commission for continuing the project.
She asked for a proper sensitization of the affected communities by their traditional rulers to enable free flow of the project by the joint field team.
Orumba North LGA Chairman, Mr Obinna Igwuedo commended the Commission and the state governments for taking the bold step during his welcome address. He noted that the unique opportunity will enable the both states deliberate on ways to solve constant boundary crisis between them.
He added that the expected implemented follow-up activities when the Commission intervened in 1999 didn’t go as planned for some reasons and in order to appreciate the efforts made over the years, we need to make serious efforts.
The event was graced by dignitaries like the Director, Research and Policy Analysis of the Commission, Dr Okey Orji, and representative of the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Mr Offor Y Attah.
Traditional rulers, Chairman of the affected Local Government in Enugu, and appointed community members were also in attendance.