The National Boundary Commission (NBC) has advocated for the peaceful resolution of the lingering boundary dispute between (Oyo, Ogun, Lagos)Nigeria and Benin Republic in a friendly, brotherly and accommodating manner.
The Director General, National Boundary Commission, Dr. Mohammad Ahmad stated this at the Stakeholders meeting with officials of Oyo, Ogun and Lagos State on the issues relating to the Nigeria and Benin Republic International Boundary held at the Park Inn Hotel, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Ahmad hinted that the meeting was organized to find lasting solution to the lingering boarder disputes between Nigeria and Benin Republic that has caused many security threats such as cross border crimes, illegal immigration, smuggling, proliferation of arms and ammunition along the Nigeria and Benin Republic border.
He said that good neighbourliness among Nigeria with her neigbouring Countries will provide the needed impetus for sound collaboration in the fight against crimes and other threats that emanate from the two Countries, adding that it is necessary for Nigeria to aggregate a position that will represent the opinion of all stakeholders in the administration of Nigeria’s international boundary with the Republic of Benin.
While declaring the meeting open, the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga commended the Federal Government for resolving the International Boundary disputes peacefully with her neigbhouring countries.
Mrs. Onanuga charged the participants at the meeting to come up with more practical recommendations that will further ensure peaceful coexistence among the people living in International border areas.
Speaking on behalf of Oyo State Government, Surviour General of the State, Surviour Alaba Sekore admonished the National Boundary Commission to consider building roads along the boundary corridors on Nigeria’s border line with Benin Republic and provide basic amenities that would promote peaceful co-existence among the people living in border towns.