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Sustainable Solutions to the Problems of Inter Local Government Boundary Disputes in Adamawa State, Nigeria.

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Author Idowu, T. O. , Chubado, M
On Pages 794-801
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 11
Issue Date November, 2012
Publishing Date November, 2012
Keywords Inter Local Government, Boundary dispute, Dispute resolution, Snowball Sampling technique, Adamawa state of Nigeria.


In this paper, ways of minimizing the scourge of Inter Local Government boundary disputes in Adamawa State of Nigeria are discussed. Snowball sampling technique was used for data collection and the data collected were the responses/information from the people (i.e. traditional rulers and aged individuals) interviewed. Snowball sampling technique is a technique whereby anybody interviewed is asked to suggest additional people to be interviewed. The outcome of the interview provided facts on the historical developments, evolution and emergence of the boundary disputes. These facts were analyzed making reference to the events of the recent years as established by available evidences which make competing histories more probable. Findings from the research revealed that boundary disputes might not be unconnected to the lack of accurate maps used for the definition of boundaries, use of only natural features to demarcate boundaries, factions wanting to maintain the past and present interests, increase in population of people competing for exploitation of resources and the fear of domination of minority by majority tribes. The study further revealed that the border communities are not granted full participation during boundary dispute resolution. Therefore, more proactive approaches for the definition of local government boundaries are suggested. Also, solutions to other problems which usually lead to boundary disputes in Adamawa States are recommended.

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