…..to monitor country’s boarders
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N52 billion for an e-border solution to monitor the country’s borders.
The approval was granted during the Federal Executive Council meeting on Thursday in Abuja, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the council chamber of State House presidential villa, Abuja.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, announced the approval while briefing State House correspondents.
He said the contract will cover 86 border posts and the over 1400 illegal routes being used for smuggling and other cross border crimes.
With the increasing risk of trans boarder crimes and illegal immigrants entering into Nigeria, the Federal Government by this approval, sets to address the issue of, verifying traveler’s identities by comparing live biometrics against those previously captured, matching biometrics against existing databases of known criminals and suspects among others.
The question before pundits now is whether the country has sufficient data base to ensure smooth operation of the e-boarder program, in view of the porous borders in the country.
To a lot of security experts, the porous borders have put the nation in a very precarious state. It is the porosity of the borders that made it possible for contraband items, unwholesome goods, light weapons and criminals from neighboring countries to find their ways into the country.
Nigeria has four major borders leading to four African countries and the Atlantic Ocean, which include Benin, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.