In view of some intra and inter-state boundary disputes in Niger State, the governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has commissioned a boundary committee to resolve pending boundary disputes,
The 14- man Committee as inaugurated by the governor yesterday has the deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammad Ketso as the chairman with 13-point terms of reference to enable it discharge its duties.
The governor had directed the committee among other issues to look into the boundary dispute between Mokwa and Katcha; Tafa and Federal Capital Territory and between Bida and Kontagora Emirate Councils.
Governor Sani Bello identified insincerity and falsification of records as the bane of most boundary disputes in the country, adding that once people are ready to go by the records and are honest with the facts and figures as recorded, dispute over land will be grossly mitigated.
According to him “For me, the records are there to determine the boundaries and all we need are to be honest. Every community should confine itself to what is rightfully is, the era of commandeering land in over”.
He noted that boundary issues and disagreements are not only very critical but very sensitive because they border on the people’s access to land and the resources therein hence the need for clear interpretation and physical demarcation of boundaries in order to avoid deliberate or ignorant encroachment on each other’s territory.
“I must stress that these interstate and inter/intra local government boundaries are to a greater extent still imaginary except where we have natural features like Rivers.