Synergy critical in managing Nigeria’s border –Osinbajo

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Yemi Osinbajo


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says renewed efforts will be channeled towards improving synergy among agencies involved in border management.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the virtual presentation of the research report of the National Defence College Course 28.

The research report is titled “Border Management and National Development in Nigeria: The ECOWAS Protocol Relating to Free Movement of Persons, Residence and Establishment in Perspective”.

He said synergy was key as government and other stakeholders continued to seek solutions for a more effective border management in Nigeria.

The vice president said that border management affected the economy hence the need to get all agencies involved in the sector together.

“It is absolutely the correct thing to do; to try and see how we can unify agencies concerned with border management so that there is synergy; we must come back to the question of synergy.

“Why is it that we have the kinds of problems that we have at the borders and ports, and why the delays?’’

He commended the participants for a thoroughly researched paper, adding that the research paper touched on important national issues and that efforts would be made to adopt and implement key recommendations.

“I commend you for a very comprehensive, thought-provoking and well-researched paper; the point that has been made also is that we can see the importance of synergy even here.

“Here is a situation where relevant services have come together including international participants with experience in the relevant areas, and have made what I think is really a seminal contribution to our ideas about border management.

“I like the fact that you have addressed very practical issues and also very contemporary questions that we have to deal with not just as matters of security and human trafficking but perhaps on a broader scale for the generality of our people and the Nigerian economy at a very difficult time.

“There is no question at all that whatever we do with respect to border management will affect our economy very considerably,’’ he said.

According to Osinbajo, the questions that the report addressed, goes to the root of Nigeria’s economic survival.

He said that some of the things the report said were spot on as what needed to be done was to work towards implementing some of the suggestions.

The report identified lack of coordination as a major weakness in Nigeria’s border management sector while key recommendations include the adoption of a comprehensive border surveillance programme, the creation of National Border Management Service, among others.

Participants at the event include the Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri, and other principal officers of the College.

Others are the Director-General of the Border Communities Development Agency, Capt. Junaid Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Amb. Adeyemi Dipeolu and Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole.

Representatives of the Course participants that made presentations at the event include Col. Babatunde Omopariola, who was the lead presenter and Col. Raymond Utsaha.

Others are Navy Capt. A Oshatuberu, Group Capt. Ehimen Ejodame and Brig. Gen. Jitendra Singh.

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  • John Nwatu June 30, 2020 12:03:11 AM
    Indeed border management in the country really needs a critical and prompt effort, as failure and loop holes in it result to many forms of security challenges in the nation.
  • Eze Kenneth Maurice June 30, 2020 12:01:56 AM
    My God help his people concerning this border management as it may turns to good this time around.
  • Olayode Oluwafemi June 30, 2020 12:00:36 AM
    Osinbajo had promise to Chanelle effort toward the border
  • Magnus Onyemenam June 30, 2020 12:00:25 AM
    They should look into these boarder management once and for all
  • Ikechukwu Korie June 29, 2020 11:59:47 PM
    There is no double that Nigeria has to cooperate with other countries government towards boarder security
  • ThankGod Wosu June 29, 2020 11:59:21 PM
    The vice of president of this country has renewed efforts will be channeled towards improving synergy
  • Abiodun Kunle June 29, 2020 11:59:20 PM
    Every of the paras tata are duely corrupt
  • Bobola Ajimuda June 29, 2020 11:59:02 PM
    Border managment is crucial at this time
  • Sunday Blessing June 29, 2020 11:59:00 PM
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says renewed efforts will be channeled towards improving synergy among agencies involved in border management. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the virtual
  • Michael mandah June 29, 2020 11:58:08 PM
    This border management should be looked on Its one of the vital ways of controlling this pandemic
  • Juliana Adejoh June 29, 2020 11:58:08 PM
    I think osibanjo has a good point this time around,. There should be synergy in all the borders mostly from the securities
  • Bukola Olurunmola June 29, 2020 11:58:00 PM
    Vice president of Nigeria Prof Yemi Osinbajo said that they will be a renewed effort to be channeled toward synergy of those management agencies involved in borders managemen
  • Kolawole Fajobi June 29, 2020 11:57:57 PM
    They should make him behind border management
  • Oluwaseun Toyin June 29, 2020 11:57:23 PM
    Vice oshinbajo has really tried to this country good one
  • Victor Onwuchekwa June 29, 2020 11:56:59 PM
    thanks for the information candy news
  • Akaniru Praise June 29, 2020 11:56:34 PM
    Thanks for the information and update candynews
  • Ofonime Ekanem June 29, 2020 11:56:04 PM
    The vice of president of this country has renewed efforts will be channeled towards improving synergy
  • David Duru June 29, 2020 11:55:56 PM
    Nigerian border should be one of the core sectors to be settled ... Nigeria and their way of joking with important thing
  • Chibuike Ezeh June 29, 2020 11:55:36 PM
    Osinbajo should be in charge of the border management
  • James Fadiji June 29, 2020 11:55:17 PM
    Our boarder management should be well more improved
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