Abiodun Asks FG To Prevent Benin-Rep.From Claiming Tongeji Island In Ogun - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, March 5, 2021

Abiodun Asks FG To Prevent Benin-Rep.From Claiming Tongeji Island In Ogun

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has asked the Federal Government to support his administration in the provisions of basic amenities for people in Tongeji Island in Ipokia Local Area of the state, so as to secure the oil rich island and prevent  Benin Republic from claiming the area.  

Abiodun explained that only provision of access roads, bridge among other needs would give residents of the peninsula, a sense of belonging and ensure that Republic of Benin which shares boundary with the State, does not take advantage of its proximity to the Island

The governor who made the call in Abeokuta, at  a two-day interactive session of the National Boundary Commission with Boundary Committees  of States in the South West ,expressed his administration commitment to make life meaningful for Nigerians in the peninsula.

Abiodun acknowledging the strategic role of the Commission to peaceful resolution of boundary disputes in Nigeria, identified the location of Tongeji Island which is very close to Port Novo, the Beninoise capital city, as a major challenge facing the State 

The governor also stressed the need to adopt amicable resolution of conflicts to avoid economic breakdown, as those living in the border towns will continue to suffer development deficit, if there is no resolve to boundary issues.

Prince Abiodun added that it was important to work on peaceful co-existence, noting that no investor would be interested in troubled environment.

His words,"We can hardly talk about production or boundary without consideration for land. Recently, there are lots of communal issues between farmers and herders. All these have to do with utilisation of the available land. It is therefore important that all of us should continue to adopt peaceful means of resolving boundary issues"

According to him, "The fact remains that if we do not resolve boundary issues peacefully, the people of the border communities will suffer from both ends. There will be no development in such a place and even investors will not be attracted to such locations".

The Governor attributed the unity of the Yoruba ethnic group to the low level of boundary infractions in the South-West Zone, adding that border issues  could be linked to land being  a major factor of production and means of wealth generation.

Governor Abiodun disclosed that the establishment of the Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission was at an advanced stage, while the State was also working with Ondo State to activate the Deep-sea port project, in the mutual interest of the two States and the country’s economic development.

The Director General, National Boundary Commission; Surv. Adamu Adaji, had earlier, explained that the interactive session was a way of sensitising stakeholders on the activities of boundary managers at various levels, and means to providing opportunity for them in the zone to interface with the Commission, on ways to strategise and fast track resolutions on issues of internal boundaries.

Adaji noted that the National Boundary Commission was established as a specialised border problem solving institution, to address the shortcomings of the previous adhoc commission, adding that the creation of more States have brought about many boundary issues in the country.

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