Ondo State Deputy Governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa has stressed the need for constant dialogues among the various communities on the borderlines so as to promote dialogue and culture of peaceful co-existence.
Aiyedatiwa gave the charge on Monday when Delegation of National Boundary Commission ( NBC ), Abuja led by Barrister Amina Nyako paid him a courtesy visit in his Office in Akure.
Other members of the team are, Mr Femi Oshinaike ( Assist Director ) NBC, Dr Farouk Tarfa ( Assist Director ) NBC, Mr Wahab Ayodele, Mr Alfred Oluwafemi, Mrs Fatima Mustapha and Mallam Maikek Sheriff.
The team were in the State for a 5-Day Town Hall meeting with members of border communities along the interstate boundaries of Ondo State and it’s neighbors.
The Deputy Governor called for a sustained border serenity and dialogues with those on the borderlines “so as to saves us a lot of conflicts”, he declared.
His words, ” this town hall meeting is very timely and important, we should have more of it time to time, so I want to thank NBC for putting this together ” .
“We are equally thanking NBC for chosen Ondo State to be the host as delegations from other States sharing border with us are coming for this Town Hall meeting” .
Aiyedatiwa further said that a sustained dialogues with communities along the borderlines would provide opportunities for peaceful co-existence.
“Through constant dialogues, most of the issues we are having along our borderlines can easily be resolved.. for peaceful relationship with our borderlines neighbors, we need more of this town hall meetings” , he appealed.
In her own speech, Barrister Amina Nyako, Head of the Department, Research and Policy Analysis of NBC said, “the essence of these town hall meetings is to interface by way of sensitizing and enlightening relevant stakeholders of the affected communities / Local Government Areas on the boundary definition processes and also to articulate views towards finding common ground preparatory to the physical fieldwork on the various interstate boundaries” .
She equally appealed to the border communities to maintained peaceful co-existence and understanding promising that all necessary efforts are made by Government at all levels to expedite actions towards permanent resolutions of the dispute and definition of the boundaries.
Joining Deputy Governor
in receiving the delegation are, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Asiwaju Gboyega Adefarati, Special Adviser on Regional Integration, Dr Segun Ategole, Deputy Chief of Staff, Prince Segun Omojuwa, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr Gbenga Akingbasote, Press Secretary to the Governor ( Office of the Deputy Governor ) Kenneth Odusola-Stevenson, Special Assistant To Governor on New Media, Ladi Okunniga and others.
Press Secretary to the Governor
( Office of the Deputy Governor ).
Photo Credit : Abayomi Adefalu.