From: JUDEX OKORO, Calabar
The age-long inter-state boundary dispute between Cross River and Ebonyi may soon be resolved as both states seek to find lasting solutions to the crisis.
TO this end, some committees have been set up to resolve the disputes among the communities bordering the two states.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of a joint meeting of officials of both states on the flash points along the Cross River/Ebonyi interstate boundary, on Wednesday, held at the Governor’s office in Calabar where both agreed to inaugurate the Governor’s committee as reconstituted on June 10, 2015.
In the communique jointly signed by the Deputy Governors of Cross River State, Professor Ivara Esu and his Ebonyi state counterpart, Barrister Eric Igwe, both parties called on the National Boundary Commission to work with both states and jointly initiate action on the resumption of the delineation of the Ebonyi/Cross River interstate boundary not later than Monday 27th February 2017.
They also agreed to communicate “separately”, their reports to the commission for concurrence and are to inaugurate the peace committees at the various levels.
It further encouraged the Police, Army and Civil Defence corps to patrol the flash points, urging the Police to commence investigations into reported criminal activities within the affected areas which are Ukelle in Yala local government of Cross River and Izzi local government in Ebonyi, Osopong 1 and 2 in Obubra local government of Cross River and Abakaliki and Izzi local governments in Ebonyi as well as Adadama in Abi local government area of Cross River and Amagu in Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi state.