Obiano Promises To Resolve Anambra- Enugu Boundary Disputes

Willie Obiano, Boundary Dispute, EnuguGovernor Willie Obiano, has assured indigenes that he would resolve the boundary disputes that currently exist between Anambra and Enugu states.

In a meeting at the governor’s lodge, Amawbia, a delegation from Enugu state led by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo and representatives from the National Boundary Commission Office, Abuja, rubbed minds with Governor Obiano, on how to permanently resolve the boundary issues.

Anambra and Enugu states in the southeast of Nigeria, are rich in natural resources, which has been a major cause of the boundary dispute that has lingered for a while between both states.

Addressing the press at the end of the closed door meeting, Anambra state’s Governor Obiano, noted that the end was in sight to all the boundary conflicts and disputes raging between the two states.

Furthermore, he added that the abundant natural resources in Anambra and Enugu should bring economic prosperity that would benefit both states rather than “unnecessary conflicts”.

The Governor remarked that “the last time the boundary issue was discussed was in 2012” and nothing came out of the meeting.

He however concluded emphatically that all issues would be resolved amicably this time around.

According to the representative of the Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Mr Adamu Adaji, a committee would be set up to carry out a geographical study to identify all the communities along the boundary and then embark on physical field exercise to determine the boundaries.

Mr Adaji said his commission was “pleading with the states to give their support and equally appeal to communities to cooperate and imbibe the spirit of oneness that Enugu and Anambra are known for, so we can make progress”.

He said with the assurances of the governors of both states, better progress would be made than in 2012.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Uzo-uwani local government area, Cornell Onwubuya, maintained that the states are brothers, and would be far better when in peace, as there were inexhaustible natural resources that could sustain them over a long period of time.

The areas affected in the boundary issues in Anambra are about ten communities and mostly in the north senatorial zone of the state, among which are: Omasi, Umumbo, Adani, Ebenebe, Okpeze and others.

Herdsmen Attacks: Anambra Tightens Security Around State’s Borders

RiversAnambra State is tightening security around territorial borders, with an aerial police helicopter surveillance to search out enclaves of Fulani herdsmen in forests and bushes.

Governor Willie Obiano said that six camps of the herdsmen had been discovered at the neighbouring borders, though without any threat to the peace of the state.

He told reporters that the leaders of the Hausa-Fulani Community in the state had been instructed to visit those blocks and find out the identities of the various groups and inform them of the existing agreement between cattle herders and host communities.

Part of the agreement is a prohibition of the use of AK47 by herdsmen and the payment of compensation when farmlands are destroyed by herdsmen or cattle killed by any community.

Meanwhile, soldiers and other security agencies have been camped in Umumbo community where threats of attack from suspected herdsmen have been observed.

The aerial surveillance of the Police Helicopter covers major cities in Anambra state and then extends to interior areas and territorial borderlines of the state including thick forests, bushes and farmlands in search of any encampment of herdsmen anywhere for proper identification in order to forestall any possibilities of attack or clashes following the recent attack on a community in Enugu state.

The surveillance is the initiative of Governor Obiano with the assistance of the Inspector General of Police, as a measure to check the activities of herdsmen in and around the borderlines of the state.

According to the Governor, the surveillance has yielded fruits, as six blocks of unknown Fulani herdsmen have been discovered though without any threat to the peace of the state in the meantime.

Proactive actions for proper identification of the herders are being put in place through the Hausa-Fulani leaders in the state.

Aside the aerial surveillance, the Governor also enjoined the police to patrol with the smart cars provided by the state government in the night and ensure that herdsmen moving their cattle in the night do not constitute another menace on the roads either by causing accidents or blocking the road.

The State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, said that the surveillance team was well equipped to track down criminals while also responding to distress calls from threatened communities.

Umumbo is one of the threatened communities in Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state which shares boundaries with Enugu state.

The surveillance team arrived with the Commander of 302 Artillery Regiment of Onitsha Military Cantonment, Colonel I.M. Abdullahi, to ascertain the security situation in the area of which he received assurances that everything was under control according to the President General of the community, Anthony Okafor.

Six Anambra Traditional Rulers Receive Certificate Of Rulership

Traditional RulersSix communities in Anambra State are overwhelmed with joy as the state government has officially handed over to their traditional rulers their Certificates of Rulership.

Some of the communities are those whose leadership crumbled due to crisis, as well as those who are without rulers due to the demise of their traditional rulers.

Handing over the certificates to them at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano, charged them to rule with honesty and compassion having scaled through the conditions enshrined in the law guiding the institution as provided by the Anambra State House of Assembly.

Governor Obiano also emphasized the need to maintain good relationship with community members, government, churches, and any other recognized institutions in their domain but most importantly treat non-indigenes living amongst them with affection.

He tasked them to represent the state well wherever they will find themselves.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Greg Obi, reminded them of the rigorous hurdles they passed through to get to their present status and so urged them to rule well as the government would not hesitate to withdraw the certificate from any of them who foments trouble.

Some of the subjects spoke of their expectations from their traditional rulers, while some of the traditional rulers also shared some of their plans for their communities.

The six communities are Amesi in Aguata Local Government Area, Amaetiti in Orumba North, Umumbo in Ayamelum, Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha, Eziagulu Otu and Nsugbe both in Anambra East local government areas of the state.

The traditional rulers were accompanied by their families and community members who rolled out their drums in support of and solidarity to their monarchs.