Boundary Commission Critical To Peace – Says Adelabu

September 3, 2013

Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Professor Modupe Adelabu (middle) with some officials of the State Boundary Commission (from left)Mr. John Faleto, Mr. Benjamin Onyeabo, Special Adviser to the deputy governor, Hon. Bamitale Oguntoyinbo, (second right) and Mrs. Olufunke Andero.

Members of the Ekiti State Boundary Commission yesterday got a pat on their backs from the government for the commission’s contributions to peaceful co-existence through their interventions and resolution of intra-state land disputes before degenerating to communal clashes.

The commendation was made by Ekiti State Deputy Governor Prof  Modupe Adelabu in a remark while hosting officials of the State Boundary Commission in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

She restated the commitment of the Governor Kayode Fayemi to the security of lives and property of residents and to ensure that the people live peacefully among themselves and with border communities.

According to her, the boundary commission has assisted the government to achieve these tasks.
Acknowledging that matters relating to territorial protection are not only very sensitive but  requires diplomacy and historical records to achieve, Prof Adelabu charged members of the commission to be meticulous and prudent in their investigations and procedures so that both intra and inter- state land disputes will be amicably resolved.

She assured the commission of government’s continued support for the state to maintain internal peace and cordial relationships with communities from states which sharing common borders with Ekiti.
Speaking earlier, the Commission Chairman, Benjamin Onyeabo, who identified the deputy governor as the statutory chairman of the commission board, said the commission has the mandate to intervene and resolve issues relating to land and boundary matters.
He disclosed that the commission has been able to amicably resolve many intra-state community land disputes since its inauguration, especially those of the communities the state government granted autonomy recently except those that were already in court.
Onyeabo, a lawyer informed the deputy governor that the Nation Boundary Commission (NBC) will be in Ekiti State from September 16 to address pending inter-state boundary disputes between the state and its neighbouring Kwara, Ondo and Osun states.
He said the commission at the state level has started holding meetings with affected communities in the state and an agreement have been reached among the affected border communities, while those yet to be resolved are expected to be resolved when the NBS come.

Last modified: September 3, 2013

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