The National Boundary Commission (NBC) has on Monday, sent a delegation to Osun state to intervene in the boundary disputes between some communities in the state and Oyo state.
Femi Osinaike, who led the team to visit the deputy governor, Mr Benedict Alabi; stated that the mandate of his team was to aggregate and harmonise divergent views and positions of the disputed communities and enlighten them on boundary alignment, in preparation for further intervention.
In his words, “Our team is in Osun for town hall meetings with representatives of disputed border communities of Osun sharing interstate boundaries with Oyo state, with a view to settling every contending issue amicably”.
He further commended the Osun state government for consistent developmental drive of the administration, adding that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had displayed seriousness in governance.
Osinaike also lauded the deputy governor for the warm reception accorded them, which according to him, indicated a high level of sensitivity and responsiveness towards the wellbeing of the people.
He stated that, “It has become imperative to brief the deputy governor, who is the Chairman of Osun Boundary Committee, on the status of Osun with Oyo state boundary.
“Osun/Oyo interstate boundary has been traced and discussed with grey sectors to be sorted out. However, the National Boundary Commission, in partnership with the states, is expected to identify the issues of the grey sectors and plan further action towards addressing them.
“The communities involved in Osun are IIosin/Iro in Ejigbo Local Government Area as well as Ogunjana/Ogburo in Iwo Local Government Area.
“The affected communities in Oyo state are under Surulere Local Government Area”, he added.
In his response, the deputy governor who doubles as the Chairman of Osun State Boundary Committee in Osogbo, reiterated the readiness of the state government to support the team in all ways and ensure that the intervention achieved its original goal.
Alabi, however stressed that the state clearly understood the importance of peaceful co-existence as a catalyst for progress, hence the adoption of Alternative Conflict Resolution, as the best approach to settle land disputes among contiguous states.
“Considering the pedigree and cultural philosophy of our state as harbinger of Omoluabi ethos, we prioritised Alternative Conflict Resolution method as the best and most realistic model of settling any boundary dispute involving our state.
“I want to state that the idea of administrative boundary was conceived by the colonial masters for administrative convenience, which are in no way traditional or natural.
“Therefore, the states involved in the boundary disputes should see themselves as one and embrace the principle of give and take in the boundary resolutions.
“I greatly appreciate this laudable intervention between our state and Oyo. It is indeed timely and proactive,” the deputy governor said.