A joint meeting of officials on Katsina/Kano and Katsina/Zamfara interstate boundaries are meeting at Katsina State to discuss a peaceful demarcation of both States.
Katsina State shares common interstate boundaries with Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, and Zamfara States in addition to the international boundary with Niger Republic.
Speaking during the 2 days meeting, the Director General, National Boundary Commission, Surv. Adamu A. Adaji said the Commission’s previous efforts resulted in the amicable definition of the Katsina/Kaduna, Katsina/Jigawa and the Katsina/Kano interstate boundaries noting that it is only the Katsina/Zamfara interstate boundary that is yet to make any progress.
Surv. Adaji, however, stressed that, the fieldwork they agreed to carry out on the boundary could not be realized due to several forces beyond our control.
“Security challenges faced by both States and parts of the country contributed as well to our inability to embark on any fieldwork on the boundary.
“It is no doubt a testimony to the fact that Katsina people are peace loving and indeed understand that interstate boundaries are necessary only to show the limits of administrative jurisdictions and not barriers to the mutual integration of the border communities on opposite sides of the dividing lines.
“It is against that background that I wish to note that the National Boundary Commission shares in the pains and grieves of the people of the State. It is our prayers that Almighty God in His Infinite Mercies brings to end all security challenges faced by the State and other parts of Nigeria as a whole.
“Your Excellency, our mission to the State this time around is to meet separately on the Katsina/Kano interstate boundary later today and also meets on the Katsina/Zamfara interstate boundary tomorrow.
“While the meeting on the Katsina/Kano interstate boundary is to receive and ratify the Report of field investigations that resulted in an agreed single line boundary between the two States, the meeting on the Katsina/Zamfara interstate boundary is to work on a fresh road map towards the physical tracing of the interstate boundary,” DG National Boundary Commission said
He commended Katsina State Government for the commitment to ensuring peace along its boundary corridors.
Responding, the Katsina State Deputy Governor, Surv. Mannir Yakubu explained that, boundaries serve as bridges of contact rather than division of people.
According to Surv. Mannir “I am glad to observe from my Chairmanship of the State Boundary Committee and the series of official and un-official contacts with stakeholders at State and national levels that the
Kano/Katsina boundary is one of the most peaceful interstate boundaries in the Country, and it has never recorded any dispute.
“This is not unconnected with the cordial relationship that exists between the sister States since the colonial era.”
He noted that the success recorded during the field tracing exercise also affirmed the peaceful co-existence among the border Communities of the two States, with 99.9% consensus.
“Let me also re-iterate’ that a boundary is a line that divides
Nations, States, and Local Governments for administrative convenience and can be seen physically, hence the need for this meeting.
“It is worth noting that joint meetings of this kind provide opportunities for understanding and appreciating our supportive role of creating the right orientation about the true function of our boundaries, which serves as bridges of contacts rather than division of our people.
“It is my sincere hope and prayer that at the end of the meeting, results that will contribute immensely towards peaceful demarcation of the boundary between the two sister States shall be brought to bear for the greater good of Katsina and Kano States as well as the Nation in general”, the Katsina Dep Gov stated.
He then on behalf of Katsina State expressed appreciation to the National Boundary Commission for their efforts in addressing age long disputes emanating from border communities.
Meanwhile, no officials from Kano State was on ground as at the time of press.