The Oyo State Government on Wednesday directed local council chairmen to adopt Alternative Dispute Resolution method in resolving boundary and communal disputes.
The directive was contained in a communique issued after a meeting of Oyo State Boundary Committee with chairmen of local governments and LCDAs in Ibadan.
The communique, which was read by Dr Sunday Olatundun, the Secretary of Oyo State Boundary Committee, urged the council chairmen and heads of local government administration to settle all communal disputes in their jurisdiction.
It stated that it was now mandatory for all the council chairmen and management to adopt the ADR method in resolving all boundary and communal disputes.
The communique enjoined all communities in the state to sustain the existing peace in the state and suspend all agitation on cases that were already in court.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Adeyemo, said the state boundary committee would continue to do the needful in resolving all communal and boundary disputes.
Adeyemo, who is the chairman of the committee, said this was evident in the varying degrees of success achieved so far.
He commended council chairmen, traditional rulers and community leaders for their statesmanship in dousing tension in the disputed areas, enjoining the youths to join them in sustaining peaceful co-existence.
Seun Abimbola, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, pleaded with community leaders to ensure peaceful resolution of boundary disputes.
Also speaking, Mr Abiodun Alaba, the Acting Surveyor-General in the state, stressed that peace was crucial to development, noting that progress could not be achieved in an atmosphere of violence.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that community leaders in attendance commended the state government for sustaining peace across the state.
NAN also reports that some of the leader called for the provision of maps on the delineation of the newly created LCDAs.
Present at the forum were representatives of 22 local government councils and LCDAs involved in boundary disputes across the state.