VOICE OF NIGERIA
24 May, 2013
The Nigerian government is collaborating with the United States and China to procure appropriate technology to man the country’s borders.
The Interior Minister, Mr Abba Moro said
in view of the increasing security
concerns, Nigeria needed over 244
million dollars to effectively install
electronic surveillance gadgets round the nation’s borders. While briefing the National Working Committee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, Moro explained that the US State Department which offered to assist Nigeria as part of its international war against terror has already picked some components of the facilities which a private Chinese company, under a Public Private Partnership (PPP), had quoted.
“We are making efforts to procure
appropriate modern technology to be
installed along our borders and we are
collaborating with the US State Department and a private Chinese
company for which we had initially received a cost of 244 million US Dollars. With the assistance of the US State
Department, we realised that some
components of the offer we got from
the private firm was contained in what
the State Department would be offering
us,”he says. “When we have done this, the temptation of illegal entry into Nigeria will be reduced,” the minister stressed.
Mr Morro said the government had
entered into a memorandum of
understanding with a private Chinese
company to procure e-border control
equipment and surveillance.
Expatiating on the issue of border control,though Moro acknowledged that the country’s vast borders were porous, he said when the projects to be mounted by the US State Department and the Chinese company came on stream, the illegal 1,497 routes into the country would be effectively policed.
Moro disclosed that 30 illegal guard companies have been discovered, while
the operator of one of them was in the
net. He said he decided to harmonize the issuance of such permits in line with
extant rules which permit the ministry to be the only authorizing organ when the ministry realized a serious infraction of expatriate quota and other forms of racketeering involving foreign
The minister explained that “his ministry was collaborating with the Border Development Agency to construct
Border Plazas at 84 sites which he hopes
would promote commerce along the
border communities and reduce illegal
activities along the borders.”