Ogun, Lagos pledge to resolve boundary disputes amicably

Ogun said the demarcation exercise must be done to re-establish old boundaries and not to create new ones.

The Ogun State Government said it is high time to properly re-establish and mark out boundaries between the state and Lagos State through the use of available legal documents to prevent crises and misunderstanding between residents of boundary communities of the two states.

The State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Boundary Committee, Segun Adesegun, stated this at the joint Ogun/Lagos interstate boundary meeting held at the Deputy Governor’s office, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Going down memory lane, Adesegun maintained that Ode Omi in the present Ogun Waterside Local Government Area, was an integral part of Ijebu division in the old western region administered by the Awujale of Ijebuland and therefore could not have belonged to any other state, but Ogun.

While emphasizing that the demarcation exercise must be done to re-establish old boundaries and not to create new ones, the Deputy Governor lauded efforts of the two sister states at solving their common boundary issues, adding that the meeting was aimed at addressing outstanding matters on sector C having successfully settled that of A and B to the satisfaction of both states.

Also speaking, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, stressed the need to adhere to the legal provisions especially the proclamation order–in-council of 1913 as well as the use of dialogue to address issues between the two states, submitting that boundary matters could lead to crisis if not well handled.

Contributing, the Director General, National Boundary Commission, Muhammed Ahmad, called for the use of history, legal instruments and professional expertise of surveyors to interpret provisions of delimitation instruments and advised the two states to take advantage of their closeness to find solution to their common boundary problems.

In his remarks, the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Peter Nwilo, emphasized that surveyors, while carrying out their assignments, should make use of available documents to re-establish what had been defined in the past, urging that internal boundaries in the country should be properly and correctly defined to prevent crisis.

Some of the recommendations contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting mandated the two States and the Federal Government to search for and provide more documents that could be used to independently verify the boundary points and submit same by May, 2013.

The National Boundary Commission in collaboration with the Office of the Surveyor-General was also charged to review all documents including new ones to propose a common boundary between the two States in reference to sector C, while each party was urged to maintain the status-quo ante on the disputed areas pending the amicable resolution of the dispute and definition of the boundary.


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  • vic200

    The truth of the matter is that Ogun State Government is just putting the entire community into problem. A day to when NBC of Nigeria planned to come and resolve the boundary disputes within Lagos /Ogun,Governor Of Ogun State ordered his commission to move two trasformers to Ode Omi in other to persuades the community dwellers. To us ,it is what Ogun State owned us they are paying back.

    Geographically,Ode Omi is in Lagos State colony since 1962,Ogun State should be well aware that this so call community has been part of Lagos State territory ,because of this facts, they have failed to put any infrastructure in this community.Before the commencement of our research into why is Ogun State felt relunctant to develop this town,the truth has been established but not clearly explained to our for-fathers.

    This community has been roaring in pains. The community cried out to the Government of Ogun State but to no avail. Now that we,ve found the truth behind the scenario that Ode Omi belongs to Lagos State,thats where we belongs. These facts has established more reasons why Ogun State Government failed to do anything to this community.

    In a recent meeting with both States and the National Boundary Commission of Nigeria in Lagos State including the presence of the community Leaders,proves beyond doubt by the Lagos State Government has cearly established that Ogun State does not have any portion of land in Ode Omi.A case where Ogun State representatives were unable to provides at least one regional map that stated Ode Omi into Ogun State territory,while Lagos State Government provides more than 8 maps that clearly explained that Ode Omi belong to Lagos State and not Ogun State.

    While Lagos State Government has come to rescue this town from been neglected, Ogun State Government with some non indigenes of this community,wrote a pettition letter to NBC to stop Lagos State Government from developing this community that have been neglected for over 35years,which was successfully achieved. Elites of this community shall not relent in there efforts in collaboration with Lagos State Government unless Ogun State Government step aside.