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The Effort of Abia Government in Addressing Boundary Dispute with Akwa Ibom Community

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During a meeting held at Government House, Umuahia, the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emetu, emphasized the importance of professionalism in the state boundary committee’s efforts to resolve internal and interstate boundary issues.

Emetu specifically urged leaders and stakeholders of Ikwuano Local Government Area to submit all relevant certified documents and court judgments that could aid in resolving the boundary dispute between various communities in Abia and Akwa Ibom states.

He also highlighted Governor Alex Otti’s directive for the affected communities in Ikwuano to collaborate with their counterparts in Akwa Ibom to maintain peace along the border areas until the National Boundary Commission completes the demarcation of boundaries.

As the Chairman of the Abia State Boundary Committee, Emetu reiterated the government’s commitment to enhancing food sufficiency by revitalizing the agricultural sector to boost revenue generation.

Emphasizing the government’s proactive approach to addressing challenges, Emetu stressed the importance of maintaining neutrality among military and security personnel deployed to secure border communities amidst conflicts.

Commander Macdonald Ubah, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, assured that thorough investigations would be conducted to address boundary issues and cautioned against violence in land disputes.

The Chairman of Ikwuano LGA, Osinachi Nwaka, and Eze Ambrose Nwagwu, the traditional ruler of Ugwuegbu autonomous community in Usaka, expressed concerns over boundary conflicts with their Akwa Ibom counterparts and appealed for government intervention to ensure food security and adequate protection.

Additionally, the meeting featured interim reports on boundary demarcations between various communities as well as an update from the National Boundary Commission on the progress of demarcating boundaries between Abia and Akwa Ibom states.

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