Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, and his Taraba State counterpart, Arc. Darius Ishaku have called on border communities of the two states to embrace peace and cohabit as brothers and sisters.
The Governors spoke jointly during a sensitization visit to the communities today.
Governor Ishaku welcomed his counterpart at Jootar, a border settlement at the border of his state and the two leaders drove from there through Wukari with stopovers at Kente, Arufu and Akwana where they addressed residents of the communities as well as dignitaries from both states.
Thereafter, a communique was issued at the end of a joint security meeting between the two states held at Youth Centre Ugba which Governors Ortom and Ishaku signed.
They directed their deputies to immediately summon a meeting of technical committees of the two states in conjunction with the National Boundaries Commission and work out modalities of carrying out a demarcation exercise the result of which they urged all to accept in good faith.
The communique urged communities of the two States that might fall on either side of the divides to obey and respect constituted authorities where they find themselves even as the Governors assured of their determination to ensure the protection of the citizens who fall within their respective jurisdiction and also provide them with critical infrastructure.
They appealed to the federal government to rehabilitate the Kwatan Sule- Wukari road to ease movement of goods, services and people living in the areas.
The meeting was attended by the paramount ruler of the Tiv, Tor Tiv the fifth, Professor James Ayatse and his Jukun counterpart, Dr. Shekarau Angyo Masa-Ibi II, the Aku Uka of Wukari, who both expressed support for the peace initiatives of the Governors.
The Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, and representative of his Taraba State counterpart, members of both assemblies, other traditional rulers and stakeholders from the two States also attended.
Earlier in the year the security councils of both states met at Anyiase and Kashimbilla and swapped Moon and Chanchaji, two bother communities.
Governor Ortom reads the communique