Oyo State Government has said that the current administration would resolve every outstanding boundary dispute across the state without taking side with any community.
The Chairman, State Technical Committee on Boundary Dispute Resolution and Surveyor-General of Oyo State,Surveyor Alaba Abiodun, stated this during a boundary dispute Field Verification Exercise Mission to Ibadan, Ibarapa, Ogbomoso, Oyo and Oke-Ogun Local Government Areas of the state.
He said the present administration will not take side on any boundary matters, adding that the state government would be fair to all the affected communities in the state.
“We have touched virtually all the affected local government areas; first stage of this assignment is submission of documentary evidences; the second stage is field verification exercise; which is of great value because we have been able to see face to face what they submitted to us on paper in the site.
“The field verification provide opportunity to settle crisis among the communities. Some communities had been at loggerheads for quite a number of years, the exercise avail us opportunity to wade in and settle their long-standing disputes,” Abiodun said.
He urged the community leaders not to see waras a means of resolving boundary matters, adding that it is a matter of seating round the table to chart the way forward.
The Surveyor-General added further said that the present administration in the state under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde set up the boundary dispute committee to go round the concerned communities in order to maintain peace and orderliness in the state.
“After this verification exercise, we are going to have a stakeholders meeting in Ibadan, after which the committee will address the necessary grey areas and submit its report to the government for ratification,” he said.
Abiodun appealed to the affected stakeholders and community leaders to be patient, noting that the state government will resolve every outstanding dispute across the state without taking sides with any community.