Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has urged the Surveyor-General of the Federation to resolve the lingering boundary dispute between Rivers and Bayelsa States.
Recall that Rivers and Bayelsa states have, for some years, been at loggerheads over some oil wells in the boundary communities between the two states.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Forum of Surveyors-General of States at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the Surveyor-General of the Federation is in the best position to address the boundary conflict.
The governor also pointed to the deadly boundary conflict between Kogi and Anambra states over oil found in their boundary area.
According to the governor, “I call on the Surveyor-General of the Federation to help in resolving the dispute between Rivers State and Bayelsa State.
“We believe that the oil wells belong to us. We are brothers and there is no need for this conflict to linger. Imagine if it was between two states with no relationship, it would have been worse.”
Speaking on the surveying profession, Governor Wike said that his administration will sponsor the training and retraining of surveyors.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Forum of Surveyors-General of States, Michael Abiodun expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for being a progressive in terms of delivery of democracy dividends.
He urged the Rivers State Government to acquire satellite and aerial imagery of the entire state to enhance development.
Also speaking, the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu said that the transformation taking place in Rivers State is massive.
He called for the digitisation of the Rivers State Surveyor-General’s office to enhance revenue generation.