The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N52 billion for the electronic monitoring of the porous borders in Nigeria.
Electronic monitoring is one of the latest effective measures in modern technology that the government want to implore in curbing crime at Nigerian borders.
This development came after Nigerian Government discovered that, it’s impossible to physically monitor all entry points into the country, except by the recent discovery of electronic monitoring.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, disclosed this information after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Speaking further, the minister disclosed that the project has been tested in two border posts and will be fully implemented in all of Nigeria’s 86 border posts and 1,400 illegal routes being used for smuggling and other crimes.
The Minister also stated that the need to use modern technology to monitor the border is because it is impossible to monitor them physically
In his words, he disclosed that, ‘’ This process started in 2012 but we picked it up to move forward when we came in. The project is to be completed within the next two years.
There is a pilot project already which has been very successful; it was installed to monitor two borders. This project is going to cover 86 border posts in the country.
We will be able to also monitor 1,400 illegal routes that are used for smuggling and all kinds of cross border criminal activities.’’
As regards effective results, he also said that, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) will work very closely with other security agencies like the Nigeria Air Force and Nigerian Army units deployed near borders, as well as the Nigeria Customs Service.
President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed the porous borders for the proliferation of arms in the country, after several complaints from government concerning the nation’s insecure entry points.
In the time past, terrorist group, Boko Haram, notoriously used the porous borders in the northeast to extend its operations to neighbouring communities especially Cameroon, Niger and Chad.