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Missing pillars at Ghana-Togo-Burkina borders creating tension

Residents in Ghanaian community of Bimpella in the Upper East Region, dread a potential clash with natives in Burkina Faso and Togo over a boundary line.
The White Volta, which is depended on by farmers in the three countries is the bone of contention, JoyNews Correspondent, Mahmud Mohammed Nurudeen reported.
What separates Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso is just the White Volta.
However, borderlines drawn along pillars erected to demarcate the boundaries between the three neighbouring countries are now non-existent due to farming activities.
As a result, Ghana’s two neighbours are laying claim to the land which is also being claimed by Ghanaians, the latest series by JoyNews on the country’s porous borders have uncovered.
“According to our parents, the river is in Ghana but now the Togolese are also saying that the river is theirs,” a resident told the reporter. “They are claiming that the place belongs to Togo and we also claiming that the place belongs to Ghana,” another farmer said.
Things got worse recently when an attempt by Ghanaian authorities to extend electricity supply to some of the communities thought to be part of the country was truncated after Togolese officials insisted they owned the land there, District Chief Executive for Pusiga, Zubeiru Abdulai, revealed on Newsnite on Joy FM, Wednesday.
“Today nobody can tell us where the border is; it is now [a matter of] discretion…and the chiefs among themselves are not able to agree as to where the pillars are supposed to be,” Mr. Abdulai added.
This has pushed the Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to petition the Lands Commission and the Electoral Commission, to provide details on the clear demarcations of Ghana’s borders.
However, the Upper East Regional Minister, Paulina Tangoba Abayage, says the joint report from the Electoral Commission and the Lands Commission should clear all doubts.
The situation she said, has been managed well over the years despite the intermittent confrontations.
“We don’t have constant conflicts there…They have boundary disagreements over some portions,” Ms. Abayage maintained.
Source: Myjoyonline.com

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