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Tue, Sep 12, 2023 2:25 PM

Boundary Dispute Resolution: Bauchi State Government Takes Action

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Boundary Dispute Resolution: Bauchi State Government Takes Action
The Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Mohammed Auwal Jatau, has reaffirmed the commitment of the government to resolving the boundary dispute between communities of Itas-Gadau local government area in Bauchi State and Kafin Hausa local government area in Jigawa State. The case is currently before the National Boundary Commission, and the government urges the communities to maintain peace while the demarcation process progresses.

The Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Mohammed Auwal Jatau, who also serves as the Chairman of the Boundary Commission in the state, has reiterated the readiness of the government to ensure the amicable resolution of the ongoing boundary dispute between the communities of Itas-Gadau local government area in Bauchi State and Kafin Hausa local government area in Jigawa State.

The Deputy Governor, represented by his Special Assistant on Boundary Matters, Ahmad Garba, expressed appreciation to the communities for not resorting to violence but rather reporting any intrusion incidents they encountered from their neighboring communities. He urged both communities to continue living peacefully with one another, emphasizing that their case is already before the National Boundary Commission, the authority responsible for addressing inter-state boundary issues.

Addressing stakeholders during a facts-finding visit, the Deputy Governor stated, "It is a pleasure for me to welcome you all to this very important gathering here in Itas, as we aim to put our heads together and gather facts for the Commission to report back to the State Government for further appropriate action."

He assured the communities that the final demarcation of the Bauchi/Jigawa inter-states boundary is at an advanced stage of fieldwork exercise. The exercise, conducted in November last year, faced some disagreements that led to the suggestion for additional fieldwork. The aim of the additional exercise is to find a resolution that will pave the way for a Joint Meeting of Officials (JMO) under the National Boundary Commission. The JMO will then agree on the final demarcation of all the contending sectors of the Itas/Kafin Hausa, Zaki/Kiri Kasamma, Maruta/Gurmun, and Shira/Gwaram boundaries between Bauchi and Jigawa states.

The Deputy Governor also assured stakeholders that the Boundary Commission, with the support of Governor Bala Mohammed, would diligently discharge its assigned responsibilities, especially by providing dialogue mechanisms for amicable resolution of all border-related issues across the state.

Stakeholders who spoke during the visit acknowledged the tireless efforts of the State Boundary Commission in working with communities to address border issues in an acceptable manner.

Bauchi State government's commitment to resolving the boundary dispute demonstrates its dedication to ensuring peace and harmony among the affected communities. As the demarcation process progresses, it is essential for the communities to maintain patience and trust the National Boundary Commission to handle the matter appropriately. The resolution of this boundary dispute will not only foster peaceful coexistence but also contribute to the overall development of the communities involved.

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