Nigeria, Niger-Republic to Resume Pillar Demarcation

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…urges boundary community dwellers to live peace National Boundary Commission alongside with its Niger Republic counterpart is set to continue pillar demarcations between both countries .

Agency and its Niger counterpart have conducted a joint sensitization campaign border communities along /Niger international borders ahead of commencement of pillar demarcation of international boundary between both countries.

six day sensitization campaign which commenced on 10th to 15th November, 2020 was carried out in Ilela, Kadadi and Kongolam in and Kastina states of and corresponding towns of Birnin Konni, Dan Tudun Mozage and Mai Mujiya of Niger Republic.

The exercise which is a collaborative effort between the governments of the two countries and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) is aimed at creating awareness of the impending field work in the border communities.

The of the GIZ is part of a larger by the German organization to provide services in the field of international and cooperation through the African Union Border Program (AUBP).

Speaking during the campaign, the Director-General of the National Boundary Commission, Surv. Adamu Adaji noted that the idea behind the demarcation was not to cause division as sometimes erroneously perceived in some quarters but rather it is for government to be able to determine the actual space which it has sovereignty and thus fast tract process in the border communities.

Adaji stated that it was very crucial to protect the lives of the field workers and them throughout the duration of the demarcation exercise explaining that government’s developmental efforts may not be fully realized if the conducive work is not in place. He therefore the local populace to take personal responsibility and resist the temptation to destroy and vandalize government properties maintaining that it was for own benefits.

Adaji commended the various community leaders and other critical stakeholders in roles of fostering peace and amongst the various communities thereby contributing to deepening democracy despite living in different countries.

He the people to continue to live in peace adding that the demarcation will not in anyway impede on the existing interpersonal and bilateral relationship between both countries.

On his part of Niger Republic Boundary Agency, Adaojou Hussiiui that it was imperative for the team to take the campaign from community to community to ensure that the people are fully sensitized of the benefits accruing from the impending boundary demarcation exercise to the communities and the nation in general. The significance of the event was noted in the large turnouts of stakeholders in the various communities.

They include the federal delegations made of staff of the National Boundary Commission and the staff of the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation and the corresponding Agencies of the Niger Republic, States and Local Government Surveyors, Local government authorities, District Heads, Villages Heads, Youths amongst others.

Efe Ovuakporie

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16th November, 2020

From PRNigeria