Ondo and Ogun state governments have met to explore the peaceful resolution of their boundary dispute.
The disputed border is between the coastal towns of Atijere in Ondo state and Makun Omi in Ogun state.
Ondo state deputy governor, Agboola AJayi and his Ogun state counterpart, Yetunde Onanuga, led their states delegations to a meeting on Thursday at the governor’s office at Oke Mosan in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, Ondo deputy governor asked people in the two communities to stop fighting each other, as they tried to resolve the differences leading to the dispute.
He said both states expect the National Boundary Commission to conduct a survey of the disputed area in Ondo state, since the Ogun state’s end had been done.
“We are one. We will resolve all the issues. We are expecting the boundary commission to come and conduct the survey which had been done in Ogun, and we will amicably agree and come to live together.
“The two communities have done so many things together.
“ The two governors of our states are credible leaders, so I believe when the community leaders see smiles on television, they will see reason that we mean well,” he said.
Ogun state deputy governor who describes the Thursday’s meeting as informal.
The deputy governor said she will soon lead the Ogun state delegation to Ondo state, during which a stakeholders meeting will be held on the disputed border.
“This is not an official meeting. It is an informal one at the instance of his Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State and Chairman of the Ondo State Boundary Commission.
“Their administration just assumed office, the two sister states deemed it fit to hold a boundary meeting to resolve some of the issues we have between our two states and that was why the meeting was held.
“I can authoritatively tell you that we have resolved to go back and talk to our people to live happily,” she said.