The Delta State Government firmly declares its refusal to relinquish any portion of its land to neighbouring states. Deputy Governor Mr. Monday Onyeme affirmed this stance during a meeting with leaders from Opuama, Tsekelewu, and Okirigbo communities at the Government House in Asaba.
Concerns were raised by these communities to the Delta State Boundary Committee about alleged attempts by the Ondo State Government to unlawfully incorporate them into the Ilaje East Local Development Area.
Onyeme emphasized that a state government lacks the authority to annex any community, given the clear definition of state boundaries by the National Boundary Commission.
He noted, “Your facts are enough to convince anybody that you belong to Delta State. Delta State has never dreamt of ceding any part or any community to other states; so, do not be afraid as the government will do everything within its powers to ensure that the matter is resolved.
“It is good to know that the Chairman of Warri North is from your community, four councillors who are representing your communities are also domiciled in Warri North and your votes are counted in Delta State; so, it is wrong for any other state to want to annex those communities.”
While assuring the communities and other communities in the state that are experiencing similar issues of the state government’s commitment to protecting their interest, Onyeme said, “You have made your case very loud and clear about where you belong because you have been able to trace your history from the defunct western region.”
Representing the communities, Chief David Ugedi provided a historical account of their roots in Delta State, revealing that the Ondo State government’s focus was primarily on the oil resources in their areas. He asserted their readiness to defend themselves if required and urged prompt intervention from both the Delta State and Federal Government.
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