Boundary demarcation merely administrative, Commission insists
Director-general of the National Boundary Commission (NBC), Adamu Adaji, has said demarcations are merely for administrative purposes, not to separate people from their farmlands and properties nationwide.
He made the clarification, yesterday, during the joint meeting of officials on the Bauchi/Yobe interstate boundary in Abuja.
The Bauchi/Yobe interstate boundary is approximately 170 kilometres in length, with six sectors currently in dispute and requiring the intervention of the commission.
Adaji said the disputes have been referred to affected emirate councils for resolution, noting: “It would seem they have resolved that it be passed back to us. We must, therefore, address the issues for lasting solutions.
“The technical committee met yesterday and articulated recommendations for consideration at today’s meeting. I hope that the technical committee has made far-reaching recommendations. I request that the states discuss the issues dispassionately with one goal, which is to cement the cordial relationship between the two states.
“It must be re-emphasised that a boundary line is for administrative purposes and will not sever people from their farmlands or properties across the boundary line. All that is required is for the state boundary committees and indeed, the local boundary committees, to carry out adequate sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns on imperatives of inter-state boundaries.”
He expressed hope that the participants would take advantage of the age-long affinity in Bauchi and Yobe states to conclude the definition of their common gateway.