MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum, has inaugurated a 13-man Boundary Committee to ensure peaceful resolutions of land disputes between the state and its neighbours.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Maiduguri, Zulum said the committee will enhance bilateral relations and security between the state and its neighbours as well as neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
He added that the aim was to avoid tension that could escalate to communal conflicts in the communities, and
directed the committee to commence work immediately.
“This is a proactive arrangement to avoid foreseen and unforeseen conflicts. It will also promote peaceful coexistence among our communities and neighbouring countries,” he said.
The Borno helmsman also said that boundary issues had been a subject of global concern that prompted many countries, including Nigeria, to establish such committees or institutions in line with global peace initiatives.
“You’re to handle boundary matters including international boundary with Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
“The committee will also handle boundary issues with Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe states including inter-local government boundary within the 27 Local Government Areas of state,” he added.
The committee is headed by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, while Alhaji Kabiru Wanori, Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs and Special Duties will serve as the Secretary.
Members of the Committee include: Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Inter-Governmental Affairs and Special Duties, Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Executive Secretary and Borno State Geographic Information Service, (BOGIS).
Others are: the Surveyor General of BOGIS and representatives of the Nigeria Army, Police, Department of State Security Services, (DSS), Customs and Immigration Services.