By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”DELTA State government has identified the use of land mass as means of revenue allocation in the country a major factor contributing to boundary disputes among oil bearing states and called on the National Assembly to urgently enact legislation that would put an end to the use of land mass as a factor in allocating revenue.
Receiving members of the House of Representatives Committee on Special Duties (Boundary Matters) on a courtesy visit yesterday in Asaba, the state Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama (SAN), said â€œboundary disputes have often turned do-or-die in Nigeria since the oil economy was introduced. Before the oil economy, nobody was talking of boundary disputes.
â€œOne of the responsibilities for those of us in government and particularly those of us in the legislature is to see how we can diminish land and its resources as a means of distributing federal allocation account. If we do this, Iâ€™m very sure that boundary disputes would be more amenable to easy resolutionâ€.
Continuing, he said â€œI have been concerned about boundary issues in this state for some ten years now. This is the first time the House committee or indeed any external body other than the National Boundary Commission has come for mediation visit”.
This suggests to me that indeed Nigeria is moving forward in good governance.â€
Earlier, the Chairman of the House Committee, Mr. Samson Osagie, told the deputy governor that the committee was on a working visit to the state, with a view to facilitating quick resolution of the boundary disputes between Delta State and its neigbouring states of Edo and Ondo.