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Ghana and Togo to Reaffirm International Boundary Line in Joint Exercise

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Ghana and Togo have embarked on a joint exercise to reaffirm their international boundary line under the GIZ-African Union Border Programme. The exercise, set to begin on May 7, will cover approximately 80 kilometers of the border running from Ave Dakpa to Wli Afegame.

During the three-week exercise, all damaged, misplaced, and removed boundary pillars will be replaced. The Joint Land Reaffirmation Technical Committee will undertake the exercise in five districts on the border, including the Akatsi North District, Agortime Ziofe District, the Ho Municipality, Ho West District, and the Afadzato South District.

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The joint sensitisation event held at the Kpetoe Customs Training School was attended by stakeholders, including traditional and political leaders from both countries. The sensitisation aimed to secure the consent and collaboration of frontier communities to ensure a peaceful reaffirmation exercise.

According to Major General Emmanuel Kotia, the National Coordinator of the Ghana Boundary Commission, approximately 60 boundary pillars will be established, and new intermediary ones constructed to help communities identify the boundary lines and protect them. He noted that the exercise had been successful along the Aflao Section of the line and commended the support of the AU and the German Corporation.

Dr Lardja Douti, the Permanent Secretary of the Land Boundary Commission of Togo, emphasized the binding relations between the two nations and said the exercise should enhance their relationship and political administration. He urged that the border enforcement be given the needed acknowledgement.

Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, called for all stakeholders to play a role in protecting the boundaries. He urged the communities to prioritize peace and pursue oneness. The two nations should maintain the bonds of nationality and culture and consider the boundary as an avenue to promote economic ties, he said.

For the most part, the communities along the boundary had enjoyed peaceful coexistence as they shared common lineage, said Nene Akoto Sah VII, Chief Warlord of the Agortime Traditional Area. He commended the border security agencies for their forthrightness and requested that the enforcement of the boundary should not affect the integration of communities.

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, said the Region enjoyed increased security, and the border reinforcement would enhance its attraction among both the national and international community. The exercise is the second reaffirmation exercise in the region after the Aflao and Akanu exercise in May 2022.

The reaffirmation exercise would enhance the relationship between the two countries, promote economic ties, and ensure peaceful coexistence among communities. The sensitisation of frontier communities is crucial to ensure their consent and collaboration during the exercise.

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