By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” EDO State House of Assembly, yesterday, asked National Assembly members from the state and other stakeholders to join forces with Governor Adams Oshiomhole to ensure that the state oil wells and land were not encroa-ched upon by other states.
The action of the House was sequel to a motion by the member representing OrhiomwonÂ II Constituency, Mr. Etinosa Ogbeiwi, which stated that indigenes of the state living at boundary towns with Delta State, especially oil producing communities, were being harassed and their farmlands taken away from them.
The House, according to its Speaker, Mr. Bright Omokhodion, said no community has the might of force to annex any part of Edo State.
He called on the National Boundary Commission to erect benchmarks on the delineated boundary between Edo and Delta States to avert crisis.
The House also called for respect for the demarcation marks between the two states as carried out by the Nation Boundary Commission.
â€œEdo State House of Assembly called on the people of Delta State not to see the decision of Edo people to embrace peace in the resolution of the crisis as a sign of weakness of our people.
â€œEdo people should not be taken for a ride and our people will not accept this,â€ the House said in its resolution.
It also called on the state government to visit oil producing areas in the state to ascertain the actual levels of production and number of wells accruing to the state.
The House urged Governor Adams Oshiomhole to ensure that the presence of the state was felt in all boundary towns through the provision of infrastructure and security to protect the lives and properties of Edo indigenes living in such areas.