Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, has called for the establishment of functional Boundary Committees in Local Government Areas across the country to curb the incessant cases of communal clashes.
He made the call while receiving a delegation from the National Boundary Commission on an advocacy visit to Lagos State.
Stressing the importance of the National Boundary Commission, Hamzat said creating such committees at the Local Government levels will aid easy identification of boundaries and go a long way in attending to communal issues before it degenerates into crisis.
According to him, “There is no need for communal clashes if all States and Local Government Areas in the country know their boundaries and this could only be achieved with the kind assistance and support of the Commission”.
While emphasising the need for a functional pillar emplacement on interstate boundaries by the Commission, the Deputy Governor noted the importance of demarcation and pillars for proper identification as well as to stop communal clashes among states.
“If we do not do that there will be clashes. It is not decent for us as Nigerians to be fighting ourselves over boundary issues”, Hamzat asserted.
He also said that Lagos State Government will continue to work with and support the Commission in achieving its set goals and objectives.
Earlier in his address, the Director-General, National Boundary Commission, Surv. Adamu Adaji, who was represented by the Director of Internal Boundaries, Mr. Nicholas Emowele, called on Lagos State Government to support the Commission in its quest for speedy execution of its programme and projects.
He also solicited cooperation on the planned fieldwork in respect of pillar emplacement along the interstate boundary.