It is time to rethink, re-engineer our border policies - Osinbajo

It is time to rethink, re-engineer our border policies - Osinbajo

- Nigeria needs to re-think its border policies, Yemi Osinbajo has said

- He called for more creative and innovative ways of addressing emerging border challenges

- According to him, what happens along these borders greatly affect what happens within them

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has called for Nigeria's border policies to be re-engineered given the numerous border challenges facing the country.

Osinbajo made the call at the National Boundary Commission (NBC) retreat on border management held in Abuja on Monday, May 21.

The vice president urged the boundary commission to be more creative and innovative in addressing emerging border challenges.

He said: “Permit me to mention that the role of the commission given the numerous border challenges has to be more creative and innovative. Every nation attends to the peculiarities of its border issues with solutions that are nuanced, smart, affordable and result-oriented. We simply cannot do things in the same way we did them for years and expect different results.

“It is time to rethink and re-engineer our border policies. This is the paramount responsibility of the commission and we trust that you will deliver.”

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The NBC is responsible, according to the Act that established it, for defining and delimiting Nigeria’s internal and external boundaries, resolving disputes, promoting trans-boundary cooperation, and coordinating all activities on our international boundaries.

Nigeria has over 4,000 kilometers of external borders, including its atlantic coastline; in addition to the thousands of kilometers of borders that the 36 States and the FCT share with one another.

What happens along these borders greatly affect what happens within them. All you need is a cursory look at the daily news headlines to realize just how much of the issues they embody are determined by activities taking place at or across our land and maritime borders and boundaries; whether it is the smuggling or illegal oil bunkering, or the impact of undocumented migration on the security situation in the north-central, or communal clashes arising from boundary disputes," the vice president said.

Osinbajo stated that the NBC has a very important role to play in mobilising and coordinating various stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, subnational governments, foreign governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, and others, to collectively deal with all boundary issues in the country.

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Meanwhile, the vice president has said Nigerians must learn to imbibe the principles of creativity, innovation and hard work for the country to succeed and move forward.

Osinbajo stated this when he attended the Sunday, May 20 service at the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Abuja, with renowned US preacher, Bishop T.D. Jakes as guest minister.

He further noted that character and integrity are also pillars for nation building.

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