FG Adopts e-Surveillance To Monitor Borders
From Catherine Agbo
The federal government says it is adopting the use of technology to monitor the country’s borders, which have remained a challenge for long now.
This is even as it said plans were in the offing to carry out biometrics registration of all regular migrants who had overstayed in the country.
The measures, according to the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, are part of ongoing efforts by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to improve the country’s internal security.
Dambazau who was one of the panelists at a session as part of opening activities for the 67th congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, said: “The Ministry of Interior has established a situation room that is connected to the border posts that will enable effective monitoring of what is happening at our borders. I will also be able to see what is happening from that situation room.”
He said the biometrics registration of immigrants would provide accurate data which would be useful in monitoring the activities of the people.
The minister said though a desired protocol, which Nigeria was a beneficiary of, the ECOWAS protocol on free movement had posed a challenge in border security, but assured that the country was finding ways around it.
He added that though Nigeria wanted to protect its vast borders against criminal elements, the ECOWAS protocol on free movement was in the interest of the country, as Nigerians constituted more than half of West African population.