The National Boundary Commission on Wednesday 31st January convened a meeting with Government of Gombe Sate and Yobe State at Yobe State Government House Damaturu to work out modalities towards completing boundary definition process affecting Nafada and Fika local Government Araes.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and read by the Director General of the National Boundary Commission Dr. Mohammed Bose Ahmed the meeting resolved that the sectors where the state show different lines represent grey sectors that require additional field works.
It also noted that an office exercise jointly undertaken by a technical team recommended a media line in the grey sector, ant that some of the incidences at sectors of the boundary are due to disputes over farmlands by individuals of the affected communities, not necessarily boundary disputes.
According to the Director General of the Commission the meeting also reviewed the resolution of the stake holders meeting in held in Abuja on 22nd July, 2013, which resolve that there is a need for the governments of the two state to encourage exchange of visit by the Emirs of Fika and Nafada to consolidate the peace coexistence among their subjects starting with the emir of Fika Alhaji Mohammed Abali Abn Idirisa.
The Abuja resolution also resolved that the two states, and the affected Local Governments as well as the traditional councils should carry out proper campaign to sensitize the people on the field work not later than a week to the commencement date of the field exercise, that the chairmen of the affected Local Government shall make joint visit to the border communities to preach peace among others.
In his address at the occasion, the state Deputy Governor Mr. Charles Yau Illiya, who is also the chairman, Gombe State Boundary Committee commended the Surveyor General of the Federation and National Boundary Commission for addressing internal boundary challenge.
Mr. Charles Yau Illiya stressed the need for cordial relationships between the two states as evidence in inter marriages and other common cultural ties.
He noted that interstate boundary is a necessity for administration and not barriers and urged the border communities imbibe the spirit of brotherliness and resolve all differences amicably.
In his remarks the Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Engineer Abubakar D. Ali who is also the chairman Yobe Boundary Committee pointed out that there exist a cordial relationship between the people of the two States who have co-existed for a long time together expressing optimism in the effort of the Federal Government and the two States to resolving the current challenges on boundary.
He assured of the Yobe State government’s commitment is ensure that no dispute is beyond their ability to tackle in view of the long cherish cordial relationship and understanding between the government and good people of the two States.
Earlier in his opening remark the Director Generator National Boundary Commission, Dr. Mohammed M. Bose noted that the dynamics of human activities and population growth contribute to dispute on boundaries, tracing the historical development in the evolution of interstate boundary and stressed the need for demarcation to show jurisdictional limit of different strata of Sates.
Members of the committee from Gombe State who attended the meeting includes the Commissioners of Justice and Local Government barrister Abdulhamid Ibrahim and Alh. Ahmed Walama, as well as the Emir of Nafada Alh. Dadum Hamza and State Suveyor General amongst others.