Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday met with State Deputy Governors of the Federation over incessant misunderstandings that usually erupt over boundary disputes among States.
During the meeting which was held at the State House Conference Centre, in Abuja, the Vice President explained that the meeting was convened to enable all stakeholders in boundary issues, understand the Act establishing the National Boundary Commission (NBC) and roles they must play to mitigate misunderstandings henceforth.
Declaring the meeting open before it went into a close-door session, Osinbajo said the idea of the meeting was to discuss the Act, inter-state rancour and various misunderstandings which the Commission from time to time deals with, with the stakeholders.
Osinbajo who doubles as the Chairman of the National Boundary Commission acknowledged that politicians were in the habit of playing games with lands, ignoring the attachment and emotions people have to their ancestral land hence resulting in boundary issues.
State Deputy Governors who doubles as State Chairmen of the Boundary Commissions present at the meeting include, Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ondo, Ogun, Oyo, Taraba and Yobe.
Ministers present at the meeting were that of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd) and regional members of the National Boundary Commission among others.
While calling for support for the National Boundary Commission efforts to resolve the boundary disputes, the Vice President urged the Commission to work to towards achieving its mandate.
Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaib, who spoke to the media after the meeting, said that deliberation were quite open as issues about boundaries in Nigeria were fully discussed.