Ghana and Togo have resolved to construct 50 international boundary pillars along the international boundary lines from Aflao to Akanu to reaffirm the boundaries between both countries.
A collaborative effort led by the Ghana Boundary Commission and its counterparts from Togo is ensuring a common objective of a fair re-demarcation and reaffirmation of existing boundaries between both countries.
Speaking at the launch of a stakeholder sensitization program in Aflao, the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yaw Letsa, noted that the exercise has become very important taking into account security threats and extremism from other neighboring countries.
He said the exercise is to reaffirm land boundaries and cement the long-standing relationship that has existed for decades.
The Boundaries Commission has said all is being done to ensure Ghana’s land boundaries are well demarcated by the end of the year.
Chief Executive officer of the Commission, Major General Emmanuel Kotia, says despite challenges confronting their operations, they are receiving positive responses from the Boundary Commission of their counterparts in Togo.
He is hopeful the objective will be achieved.
“We are reaffirming some land boundary issues between Ghana and Togo. We have started the reconstruction of the main boundary pillars. That is going to be completed by 31st May, and it’s being sponsored by the Africa Union Border Boundary Program. There are a number of challenges. During our inspection, we realized that a number of the boundary pillars have been removed. It can be intentional, but in most cases, it is done by human activities.”
The Ghana Boundary Commission (GBC) has initiated moves to resolve all boundary disputes with neighboring Togo and Burkina-Faso.
The intervention has led to a temporary resolution of the boundary dispute between Ghana and Togo along the river Kolpelig at Pulmakom in the Pusiga District.
An agreement has also been reached with the Boundary Commission of Burkina Faso to engage further in resolving all identified boundary disputes at Paga and Sapeliga in the Kassena West and Bawku West districts respectively.
In 2020, Togo was reported to have trespassed its boundary at the Kolpelig river, a tributary to the White Volta, claiming ownership of parts of Gareke, a suburb of Pulmakom.