Stakeholders in boundary administration have been advised to embrace continuous relationship management to stem the tide of boundary disputes across the country.
Ondo State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Boundary Commission, Lucky Ayedatiwa made the call at an interactive session with boundary committees of the South West States of Nigeria held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The Deputy Governor also charged relevant authorities to place a premium on the economic interest of people of the borderlines to wade off conflicts.
While stressing the importance of dialogue in preventing escalation of boundary crises, Ayedatiwa said stakeholders should consider regular enlightenment and sensitization of affected people in the borderlines.
He also urged leaders to have the deliberate political will to tackle boundary issues rather than adding political sentiments.
Executive Secretary of the state boundary commission, Mr Abiodun Owolabi lamented that though all reported boundary cases in the state had received deserved attention, litigations in different courts are slowing down the pace of resolving some many issues.
While also noting that some times the variance between certain court pronouncements and the earlier government gazettes on land matters makes decision making difficult in dispute resolution, Owolabi called for harmony between relevant government bodies for easy boundary administration.
Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele called on the people to stop seeing their boundaries as lines that divide them and their neighbours but see them as bridges that connect them for opportunities
Deputy Governors of four other states in the South-West Zone as well as the National Boundary Commission also presented their positions at the event