- The federal government announces new moves to curb insecurity in the country
- One of these moves is to deploy electronic border management to control illegal migration at the borders
- Dambazzau says his office would now monitor activities at the borders
The federal government, on Thursday, June 21, stated that it will now start the deployment of electronic border management to control illegal migration of people and also address insecurity in the country.
Legit.ng learnt that the interior minister, Abdurahman Dambazzau, disclosed this at the opening of 2018 International Press Institute (IPI)’ world congress in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the congress attended by international and local media personalities was declared opened by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the report, Dambazzau who was fielding questions along other ministers from John Momoh, the president of Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), said the e-border system would address the challenge of the nation’s porous border.
The minister said the e-border would involve biometric processing of immigrants at point of entry and an establishment of multi-agency situation room.
He said the multi-agency situation room would allow him and any other interior minister to monitor events and occurrences in borders from his office.
He added that his ministry was also developing a migrant data to identify and fish out illegal immigrants.
Dambazzau assured that the e-border system would not negate the spirit of ECOWAS Protocol which is for regional integration.
He said that the Buhari’s administration had taken the issue of security seriously considering its importance to national and economic development.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the information minister, also said the Buhari administration had delivered on its promises to Nigeria in tackling insecurity, corruption and developing the economy.
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He disclosed that the country was now producing 4 million metric tonnes of rice and would be self-sufficient in rice production in two years.
The minister also reiterated the commitment of the government to press freedom.
Legit.ng reported how then Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS), Musa Tahir, once blamed the colonial administration for the prevalence of porous borders in the country.
Tahir, as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said: “When people talk about the porosity of the borders, there’s one thing that comes to mind; you have to remember that these borders were creation of our colonial masters and they were arbitrarily drawn across the borders.”
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