Ghana and Burkina Faso are set to Address the Boundary Distortions in the Upper East Region

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Ghana and Burkina Faso are collaborating to address the distorted boundaries in the Upper East Region. The Ghana Boundary Commission and its counterpart in Burkina Faso will devise a permanent plan to rectify the international boundaries between the two countries. A significant stakeholders’ meeting is scheduled to take place in Bolgatanga from May 13-19 of this year to discuss this matter.

Both nations recognize the extensive encroachment within the buffer zones along the boundaries and acknowledge the necessity for effective collaboration to find a lasting solution to this issue.

Major General Dr. Emmanuel Kotia, the CEO of the Ghana Boundary Commission, announced this initiative during a joint consultative meeting between Ghana and Burkina Faso officials in Paga, located in the Kassena Nankana West District of the region. The purpose of the meeting was to strategize on addressing the ongoing encroachment and destruction of international boundary pillars for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Dr. Kotia was joined by Laud Ofori Affrifah, the Deputy Comptroller of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, and Boniface Gambila, Ghana’s Ambassador to Burkina Faso.

In the photo above, Major General Dr Emmanuel Kotia (2nd from left), explaining a point to Madam Salimata Dabal, Permanent Secretary, Boundary Borders, Burkina Faso, during the inspection of the boundaries in Paga

Salimata Dabal, the permanent secretary of Burkina Faso’s National Boundary Borders, led her team to this crucial meeting, during which they also inspected some of the international boundary pillars between the two countries along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border at Paga.

Maj. Gen. Kotia emphasized the importance of district assemblies in both countries in supporting the immediate cessation of encroachments. He stressed the need to halt any construction that encroaches upon the boundary pillars on the Ghanaian side.

Photo of the boundary pillars being destroyed by a private developer 

“Moving forward, we will make a definitive decision on how to permanently safeguard the buffer zones delineating the international boundaries between our two countries,” he remarked.

Maj.-Gen. Kotia outlined plans for a comprehensive reaffirmation initiative, including the installation of intermediary pillars alongside existing boundary markers to provide guidance to border residents.

Ms. Dabal emphasized the encroachment issue along the border, stating, “Residents from both countries are encroaching on the border without understanding the consequences. Reaffirming the boundary lines is necessary for future compliance.”

Mr. Affrifah expressed concerns about the distance between the Ghana immigration border post and Burkina Faso, announcing plans to construct a temporary post within four weeks to align with Burkina Faso’s border, facilitating closer collaboration.

The regional minister highlighted that the border problem extended beyond Paga, affecting areas like Pusiga, Polimakom, Kulungugu, and Bawku West.

Source: Graphic Online

 

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