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OSINBAJO CALLS FOR OVERHAULING OF NATIONAL BOUNDARY POLICIES

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has called on National Boundary Commission (NBC) to re-engineer Nigeria’s border and revamp its policies, with a view to stemming the lingering boundary crisis in the country.

Osinbajo made the call in Abuja while declaring open a one-day retreat for stakeholders in the management of Nigeria’s boundaries.

The Vice President who restated the commitment of the Federal government to strengthen and reposition the Commission for effectiveness, also asked the commission to be more creative and innovative, in the discharge of its duties, to meet the yearning of the people.

Speaking with newsmen at the event, the Ogun State Deputy Governor, who also doubles as the Chairman, State Boundary Committee, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, commended the unrelenting efforts of the State government in resolving border crisis in the State, charging the Commission to also play its role, by resolving boundary disputes amicably.

Onanuga described the retreat as timely and called for the adoption of the 1906 boundary instrument, rather than that of 1960, which she said was responsible for border problems in the country.

Speaking earlier, Director-General of the Commission, Dr. Bose Ahmed noted that, despite the efforts of the Commission, there was need for assessment of the operation and exchange of ideas, with the aim of resolving issues affecting Nigeria borders.

On his part, the Director-General, Bureau of Land and Survey, Ogun State, Mr. Biyi Ismail, was optimistic that the outcome of the retreat would go a long way at resolving the border crises.

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