Praises the research report of Course 28 of the National Defense College
As the government and other stakeholders continue to seek solutions for more effective border management in Nigeria, efforts will be renewed to improve synergy between agencies involved in border management, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Professor Osinbajo stated this on Monday during the virtual presentation of the research report of the Course 28 of the College of National Defense entitled “Border management and national development in Nigeria: the ECOWAS protocol on the free movement of people, residence and establishment in perspective”.
Commenting after the presentation of the investigative report and the interactive session, the Vice President said that border management affects the economy considerably, hence the need to involve all agencies in the sector.
According to Professor Osinbajo, “It is absolutely the right thing to do, to try to see how we can unify the agencies related to border management so that there is synergy. We must return to the question of synergy. Why is it that we have the problems we have at borders and ports, and why the delays?
While praising the participants for a thoroughly researched paper, the Vice President said that the research paper touched on important national issues and that efforts would be made to adopt and implement key recommendations.
“I congratulate you on a very comprehensive article, which invites reflection and is well researched. The point that has also been made 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 believe is truly a fundamental contribution to our ideas on border management.
“I like the fact that it has addressed very practical and also very contemporary issues that we have to address not only as security and human trafficking issues, but perhaps on a broader scale for the generality of our people and the Nigerian economy in a very difficult time.
“There is no doubt that anything we do with regard to border management will affect our economy considerably.
Continuing, Professor Osinbajo said: “I think the questions he has addressed really go to the root of our economic survival. Some of the things he has said are correct. And what we really need to do is see how to implement some of these 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 program, the creation of the National Border Management Service, among others. .
Participants present at the event include the Commander of the College of National Defense, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri and other senior officers of the College; the Director General of the Border Communities Development Agency, Captain Junaid Abdullahi; the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Affairs, Amb. Adeyemi Dipeolu; and the President’s Special Adviser on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole.
Representatives of Course participants who made presentations at the event include; Colonel Babatunde Omopariola, who was the main presenter; Colonel Raymond Utsaha; Captain of the Navy O To Oshatuberu; The captain of the group Ehimen Ejodame; and brig. Gen. Jitendra Singh.