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Ebonyi, C/River to end border disputes

Ebonyi and Cross River States government have agreed to end hostilities arising from various border disputes between the two states.
This was part of a ten-point communiqué from a bilateral meeting of officials of the two state in Port Harcourt, River State.
The meeting which was convened by Governor David Umahi and his Cross River state counterpart, Prof Ben Ayade
also resolved to embark on construction of  bridges and roads to further cement the bond of brotherhood
While Ebonyi state government is to construct six hundred metres  bridge across Oferekpe River in Ikwo axis and five hundred metres  bridge at Ndibe Beach in Afikpo, Cross River state government will undertake the construction of seven point two  km road to link up with the Federal Highway from Ogada in Cross River State to Oferekpe in Ebonyi state.
Cross River State government will also construct nineteen km road linking Ndibe beach to Ugep or a seventeen km road linking Ndibe beach to Adim.
To achieve this, both Governors directed representatives of the disputed communities in attendance to return to their various communities and sensitize their people on the way forward with a view to proffering solutions to the challenges at the disputed sectors.
They also resolved that both states should submit a position paper on their boundary claims, annexing relevant legal documents, maps and communiqués of previous meetings within thirty days while arbitrators including National Boundary Commission, as the third arbitrator would be appointed.
As part of the communiqué, both states would carry out disarmament of the combatants and thereafter grant amnesty to those who Shall willingly handover the dangerous weapons in their possessions within a period of ninety days from 7th of August 2018.

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