From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
The Nigeria-Niger Joint Commissions for Cooperation (NNJC) in collaboration with the two national boundary commissions have been working towards establishing new frontiers for trans-border Cooperation which would link Zamfara state with Tahoua and Maradi regions in Niger republic.
The development was disclosed yesterday by the Director-General, National Boundary Commission of Nigeria, Dr. Muhammad Ahmad, at a meeting of the Joint Standing Committee of Experts on the Re-demarcation of Nigeria-Niger International Boundary held in Gusau, Zamfara state capital, stressing that, Shinkafi and Talata Mafara local government areas have been identified as potential areas for trans-border cooperation.
Dr. Ahmad, who said that all relevant agencies of the government from both sides of the boundary had jointly intensified efforts towards finding lasting solutions to stem the menace of insurgency, noted that the Nigeria-Niger international boundary is one of the most peaceful Nigeria’s boundaries as the relationship between the two countries were exceptionally excellent.
He further stated that the federal government had recently, donated 14 patrol vehicles to the Nigeria-Niger Trans-Border Security Committee of the NNJC for the joint border patrol team, to ensure enhancement of their operations, adding that Zamfara has also been recorded in its efforts to reinforce the existing ties between the two nations through excellent arrangements in place for the success of the meeting.
In his remarks, the Secretary-General of the NNJC, Ambassador AbdulJalil Sulaiman stated that, the highest organ of the Joint Commission has implored the committee members to fast-track actions towards ensuring the timely completion of the re-demarcation of the 1,500 kilometre long international boundary run between Nigeria and Niger Republic.
Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tijjani Yahaya Kaura said, in his speech, that people of the state had a land dispute with some communities from Kebbi state few years ago, until the state government leased 500 hectres of the disputed land to Kebbi state indigenes despite the court ruling in favour of Zamfara, adding that the National Boundary Commission had subsequently sent a letter of commendation over the development.