The Ekiti State Authorities has pledged its dedication to sustaining peace alongside its boundaries with neighbouring Osun State.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, disclosed this throughout a Joint Assembly of Ekiti and Osun officers on the Interstate Boundary organised by the Nationwide Boundary Fee held in Osogbo.
Egbeyemi and his Osun State counterpart Mr. Benedict Alabi expressed confidence that an amicable and lasting answer can be discovered to the lingering dispute amongst communities situated on the boundaries of the 2 sister states.
Based on a press release by the Particular Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the peace parley was chaired by the Director-Normal of the Nationwide Boundary Fee, Mr. Adamu Adaji.
The 2 Deputy Governors who signed a seven-point communique on the finish of the one-day assembly appealed to the affected boundary communities to offer peace an opportunity and chorus from actions that might result in the breakdown of legislation and order amongst them.
The Deputy Governors had been joined by the Attorneys Normal/Commissioners of Justice of the 2 States, Mr. Wale Fapohunda (Ekiti) and Mr. Femi Akande (Osun), native authorities chairmen and conventional rulers of the affected communities.
Egbeyemi in his keynote tackle expressed concern that the individuals residing alongside the boundaries of the 2 States had been working below very stringent circumstances as a result of that they had been restrained from partaking in improvement tasks within the disputed areas.
He mentioned: “Whereas the 2 States are making frantic efforts to resolve the border issues, I want to implore our individuals from each States to embrace peace and love and keep away from provocation that may escalate pressure amongst border dwellers.
“They need to do not forget that it’s only on an environment of peace and concord that equitable/joint utilisation of border assets, services and facilities could possibly be possible and collectively loved by the 2 States.”
The Osun Deputy Governor, Mr. Alabi, mentioned the distinction within the positions of the 2 States doesn’t in any method suggests enmity, however it’s a reflection of sound minds and certainty of social composition.
He added: “I’ve little question in my thoughts that with this newest intervention and dedication, this marks the top of brewing acrimony on the border cities of the 2 states, and the start of renewed hope, prosperity and harmonious co-existence within the space.”
A few of the flashpoints of pressure alongside the boundaries are Okemesi/Esa Oke, Efon Alaaye/Esa Oke, Efon Alaaye/Erin Ijesa, Osan/Ila Orangun and Ogotun/Ikeji Ile.
The NBC Director Normal, Mr. Adaji, who was represented by the Director, Interstate Boundaries Division, Dr. Richard Orji, recalled that the company’s final engagement on the Ekiti/Osun interstate boundary was in 2013.
Adaji famous that occasional pressure arose in some sectors of the boundary due to claims and counter-claims by the affected communities of the 2 states assuring that the fee would go away no stone unturned within the quest for peaceable demarcation of the boundaries.
On the assembly, technical stories on the interstate boundaries had been offered by the Appearing Surveyor-Normal of Ekiti State, Mr. Olaniyi Ibidunmoye; Surveyor Normal of Osun State, Mr. Abiola Adejumobi and the consultant of the Surveyor-Normal of the Federation Mr. Magaji Duniya.
The highlights of the communique included a decision that the fieldwork on the placement of the tripartite level ought to start from 2nd-Seventh of November 2020 to be preceded by Joint Public Enlightenment from Twenty sixth-Thirtieth October 2020.
It was additionally resolved, amongst others that border city dwellers ought to proceed to take care of peace pending the ultimate decision of the dispute.