From Linus Effiong, Umuahia
Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Dr. Mohammed Ahmad, has blamed the recent boundary crisis between Uru-Ukomi community in Abia State and Iyioji Akaeze community in Ebony State on governments of the concerned states.
He lamented that the governors are not giving boundary issues the required attention.
Dr Ahmad stated this yesterday in Umuahia, Abia State, during a meeting of officials of both states.
He said the National Boundary Commission had what he called very useful technical meetings with the state boundary commission. He lamented that inputs from the states were not commensurate with efforts put in by the commission.
“The slow pace of the progress is blamed mainly on the part of the states because they do not accord boundary issues the required priority attentions,” he said.
He described the Abia, Ebonyi boundary crisis as an issue between brothers and assured that the commission will be fair to both parties. Ahmad condemned recent attacks in the area. Speaking, leader of the Abia State delegation and deputy governor of the state, Ude Oko Chukwu said the boundary disputes varied and that some of them had been tackled while others were still lingering.
The deputy governor said the recent disturbance was caused by a disagreement between the two communities on sharing formula of toll fees being generated from the Chaebel Quarry Company.
He however assured that Abia State would abide by the final decision of the commission. Also speaking, Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Barrister Eric Kelechi Igwe, said the state government was very passionate about peaceful co-existence, adding that they had embarked on campaigns to educate the affected communities.