The Kogi State Government through the State Boundary Committee has ordered forth with the stoppage of the sale of land and land development by people of Adavi and Okehi Local Government Areas living in the disputed area of Zariagi community.
They Local Government Areas have also been asked to maintain status quo until the disputed area is demarcated.
The decision to temporarily place a ban on the selling and further development of land activities by people of the two local government areas of the State by the State Boundary Committee followed a resolution reached at the meeting of stakeholders on Adavi/Okehi Inter Local Boundary Committee presided over by Yomi Awoniyi, the State Deputy Governor and Chairman State Boundary Committee.
One of the resolution also reached as a result of the lingering boundary dispute also include; the appointing of an independent agent to collect revenue in the disputed area and to be paid into an ex-crow account pending the resolution of the boundary matter.
Representing, the Kogi State Deputy Governor, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Joe Abraham, commended the sacrifice made by the two Local Government Areas that is geared towards bringing lasting peace.
Awoniyi, disclosed that the creation of more Local Government Councils and districts in Kogi State, particularly during the military era, had posed additional boundary demarcation challenges for which the State is yet to overcome.
The Deputy Governor, called on the people not to see boundary demarcation exercise as meant to divide them and set them against each other.
Boundary demarcation the Deputy Governor rather explained is meant to enhance administrative convenience
He called on people of the State not to be misinformed over boundary demarcation exercise adding that
boundary demarcation is among other benefit, primarily aimed at solving problems arising from Internal Boundaries.
Awoniyi enjoined the people of Adavi and Okehi Local Government Areas to identify and submit relevant instruments such as maps and laws that will help the State Boundary Committee in training and demarcating the disputed boundary.
The Deputy Governor also noted that no meaningful development can be achieved when there are rancor and mistrust in the State’s internal boundaries, stressed the need for the two Local Government and all those who live in their boarders to sustain the spirit of peaceful co-existence as good neighbors.
Awoniyi, implored the people to embark on actions that will strengthen the bond of brotherhood and friendship between various communities across internal boundaries in the State.
The meeting fixed September, 9th 2013 as final date for the submission of relevant instruments that will help in tracing and demarcating the boundary.
A Seven Man Technical Committee was also constituted to screen the instruments that will be used for tracing the boundary.
The Permanent Secretary Political, in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Jiya Lawal, who read the meeting’s communique, signed by the State Commissioner for Justice,Secretary State Boundary Committee and the representatives of the both Councils, said September, 10th 2013 has also been fixed as date to screen the submitted instrument in the Office of Surveyor General of Kogi State.
In their separate remarks, Hassan Yusuf and Salihu Adaviriku Chairman of Okehi and Adavi Local Government Areas respectively assured of their Council’s necessary support that would led to the amicable resolution of the disputed boundary. They appealed to their people to remain calm as the state government is committed to having a lasting peace in the disputed area.