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.