Still on the Border Policing Question

26 May 2013

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Abba Moro , Minister of Interior

By Vincent Obia
For some time now, effective border policing has been made a major suggestion in most discussions about solution to Nigeria’s current security crisis. The problem has long been well identified. Surprisingly, however, the federal government has not seemed to be keen on resolving this problem. Minister of Interior Abba Moro implied just that Thursday when he told the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Working Committee that the 1, 497 illegal entry points to Nigeria he had identified very early in his tenure were still there.

Moro also said $244 million was needed to install electronic surveillance systems round the country’s borders. He said the United States State Department and a Chinese firm had offered to assist in the project, stressing that the borders would be effectively policed when the project is completed.

While there is nothing wrong with foreign assistance programmes like the one the U.S. government is offering on border security, it is very bad that Nigeria has pinned so much hope on foreign support for a project as strategic as border surveillance. The electronic surveillance system is a hi-tech solution Nigeria can comfortably afford.

Besides, before the arrival of the hi-tech system, the government ought to have set up processes to close down the 1, 497 illegal crossing points into Nigeria, which Moro had identified a long time ago.     

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