Borno State Governor professor Babagana Umara Zulum has inaugurated a 13-member boundary committee to ensure peaceful resolution of land disputes between the state and its neighbours.
Inaugurating the committee in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Zulum said the committee would enhance bilateral relations and security between the state and its neighbours as well as the neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
Zulum said the aim was to avoid tension that could escalate to communal conflict in the communities.
He said that boundary issues had been a subject of global concern that prompted many countries, including Nigeria, to establish such committees or institutions in line with global peace initiatives.
The governor said that the committee members are also to handle boundary issues with Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe states including inter-local government boundary within the 27 local government areas of state.
Zulum directed the committee to commence work immediately.
The committee is headed by the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, while Alhaji Kabiru Wanori, the Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs and Special Duties will serve as Secretary.
Other members of committee include permanent secretaries in the ministries of Inter-Governmental Affairs and Special Duties, Local Government and Emirate Affairs, the Executive Secretary and Borno State Geographic Information Service.