An appeal from the Kogi State Boundary Committee has gone to Communities living in and along the borders
of Ogori-Magongo and Okene Local Government Areas of Kogi State to continue to live in peace.
The call to leave in peace followed a written petition and the fears expressed by one of the community that they are being threatened as a result of the disputed boundary.
Similarly,Traditional rulers and opinion leaders in particular from the two areas have also been charged to work hard to maintain peace in their respective areas.
Kogi State Deputy Governor and Chairman State Boundary Committee, made the appeal at the end of the meeting of stakeholders of Ogori-Magongo and Okene Inter Local Boundary.
Awoniyi, urged the communities in the two Local Government Areas to strive for peace, as it is a prerequisite for progress and development of any community.
The Deputy Governor’s message at the meeting, read by Prince Richard Akanmode, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor, disclosed that the need to embark on the tracing and demarcation of Inter Local Government Boundaries in the State is occasioned by lapses in the creation of Local Governments during the Military era.
The inability to correct the noticed abnormalities in the past, Awoniyi, maintained was due to the enormous time and resources required for the exercise.
He however assured that the State Boundary Committee is paying attention to areas where security in the Internal boundary was threatened or where there was a chance for such to occur.
The Deputy Governor who expressed optimism that the boundary issues would this time be settled by the present administration, called on both parties to provide useful instruments that will help in tracing their boundaries within the shortest possible time.
In their separate remarks, Mohammed Jamiu Sadiq and Alabi Amos Gbenga, Vice Chairmen of Ogori-Magongo and
Okene Local Government Areas respectively indicated the readiness of their councils to present their report on the matter, adding that the two Local Government Areas have co-existed peacefully and would not want anything that will jeopardize their peaceful and cordial relationship.
The meeting was postponed till 11th September, 2013 for both parties to present their situation reports on the boundary matters.