The Cross River Government has expressed confidence in the ability of the Cross River/Abia Inter-state Boundary Committee to amicably resolve the boundary problem between the two states.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Efiok Cobham, made the announcement in Calabar on Friday at the opening the boundary committee meeting summoned to review the progress made in addressing contending boundary issues between the two states.
“The meeting will help iron out fresh issues that have threatened the peace and cordial relationship between our border communities,” Cobham said.
He enumerated the contentious issues to include, the resistance by Okon-Aku Community in Ohafia against the construction of Ikun-Erei Road and dispute over farmlands between Okon-Aku and Ikun communities.
Others are the burning of a caterpillar belonging to a construction company working on Ikot Okpora-Arochuckwu-Ukwa Road, allegedly by the Achara-Ihe Community and the dispute between Imieno Utuma Community and the Iheosu/Isu Communities over the exploitation of limestone deposits by a cement factory.
The Abia Deputy Governor, Chief Emeka Anamba, also pledged the government’s determination to promote peaceful co-existence among boundary communities of the two states.
He said the demarcation of the boundaries of the two states should be pursued with tact and fairness to ensure lasting peace in the area.
According to him, Abia Government will not allow the current disputes to disrupt the age-long peaceful relationship existing between the two states.
Also speaking, the Director-General, National Boundary Commission, Dr Mohammed Ahmed, said that the objective of government was to promote peace, protect lives and property and ensure the provision of social amenities to the border communities.
He expressed the commission’s determination to put an end to the boundary problems between Abia and Cross River.