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query_builder June 13, 2019 11:16:02


By Benjamin U Ogbuagu

Enugu, June 12, 2019 (MOI) The suspended field work on tracing and provisional demarcation of Abia/Anambra boundary will re-commence in August, the National Boundary Commission (NBC) has announced.

The decision was reached at the end of a joint meeting of a Joint Meeting of Officials (JMO) held at the Enugu Zonal Office of Commission on June 10.

The Acting Director-General, NBC, Mr A A Adaji, who chaired the meeting, noted that the session critically considered the lingering issues of the boundary dispute.

According to him this is with a view to completing tracing and provisional demarcation of the remaining stretch of the boundary so as to be in a position to make appropriate recommendations to Government.

The Surveyor-General of the Federation, represented by Acting Director Internal Boundary, Mr A A Adebomehin said that the Joint Field Team had previously traced 15 kilometres stretch of the boundary.

This according to him has been accepted by the affected communities of the two states.

Adebomehin, while noting that about 8 kilometres stretch was outstanding, said that the field tracing exercise was aborted in 2009 due to reasons beyond their control.

Leader of the Anambra State delegation and Executive Secretary of the State Boundary Committee, Mr Emma Nwokoye noted that the affected communities in the outstanding sections were anxious for the field work to be completed.

He, then, called for critical consideration of relevant documents including, court judgments for use in the definition of the boundary, pledging the support and co-operation of Anambra State Government.

The meeting was attended by Surveyor-Generals of Anambra and Abia States, Mr Ifeanyi Ajoku and Mr Anthony Ivonye respectively.

The Special Adviser to Abia State Governor on boundary matters, Mr Chris Nwanevu also attended the meeting. (MOI)