Protecting hundreds of Nigeria’s porous border, as some pundits assert, is not just an economic issue, or a problem of criminal drug trafficking, terrorists and gun running. It threatens Nigeria’s national security.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday has approved N52 billion for e-border solution to monitor the problematic porous borders.
Interior minister, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rted) who briefed alongside his colleagues Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, Water Resources, Sulieman Adamu and Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the contract will cover 86 border posts and all the 1,400 illegal routes being used for smuggling and other crimes.
He said the pilot system has already been installed at two border posts, disclosing that the information will be available real-time 24 hours a day and seven days a week.