Bayelsa Government Urges NBC To Expedite Settlement With Sister State

Bayelsa State Government has called on the National Boundary Commission, (NBC) to expedite action on the resolution of boundary dispute between Bayelsa and Rivers states to enhance peaceful co-existence between them.
The state Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the call while declaring open a town hall meeting and ethnographic study with respect to the communities along Bayelsa and Delta inter-state boundary in Yenagoa.
According to him, peace will be elusive if the Commission does not first of all address issues of equity, justice and fairness in resolving boundary conflicts.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo said while it was commendable for the Commission to seek peaceful resolution of the impacted communities of Bayelsa and Delta states, it should rather focus on addressing the age-long boundary dispute between Bayelsa and Rivers states.
The Deputy Governor, who is the Chairman the State Boundary Committee, underscored the need for all parties to come together to dialogue in resolving their differences, noting that  without equity there can be no peace and development.
In his remarks, member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor in the House of Representatives, Hon. Fred Agbedi appealed to all boundary communities between Agge in Ekeremor local government and Okia in Delta State to continually maintain peace and bring to the attention of government all issues affecting them.
Speaking, Director General of the National Boundary Commission, represented by a Director in the Commission, Mr. Femi Oshinaike said the town hall meeting was organized to inform residents of contesting communities along the Bayelsa and Delta inter-state boundary about the boundary definition process.
Mr Oshinaike noted that the meeting was to provide them with the opportunity to air their opinions in order to reach a consensus before the physical demarcation exercise takes place.