FG promises timely resolution of Sokoto, Kebbi boundary dispute
The Federal Government (FG) has promised a timely resolution of the disputed boundary communities between Sokoto and Kebbi states.
The Director General of National Boundary Commission (NBC), Adamu Adaji, stated this, yesterday, at the meeting of officials on Kebbi/Sokoto interstate boundary held in Abuja.
Adamu revealed that the commission recently received reports that identified flashpoints on the boundary included Augie/Silame, Tambuwal/Gwandu, and Sanyinna/Gwandu sectors of the boundary.
He said: “The boundary before now witnessed relative peace, over the years. I must commend the two states and the traditional institutions that made that possible.
“This is not surprising, though as the two states are one and the same. It is, however, disappointing that the commission recently received reports of disputes in Tambuwal/Jega communities.
“I, accordingly, appeal that we discuss the issues dispassionately to arrive at the best ways to make the boundary easily identifiable by border dwellers, and relevant authorities to arrest the restiveness mounting up along the boundary by the inhabitants,” Adamu advised.
He added: “As leaders, our border communities rely on us to bequeath to them a clear boundary devoid of any political sentiments and to sensitise them that the boundary serves as the limit of administrative jurisdictions of the local council and the states.”
The Sokoto State delegation was led by Manir Muhammad, Dan Iya, while the Deputy Governor / Chairman Kebbi State Boundary Committee, Col, Samaila Yombe Dabai (rtd), all promised to ensure peaceful resolution of the boundary disputes.
They promised to educate their constituents to see boundaries as mere administrative measures rather than a division.