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Cross border insecurity: Gov Fintiri reinstates readiness to support plans in addressing protracted challenges

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Cross border insecurity: Gov Fintiri reinstates readiness to support plans in addressing protracted challenges

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While declaring open a workshop on Border Authority along Nigeria-Cameroon International Boundary, the Governor of Adamawa State,Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has reinstated his Government readiness to support plans and initiative that will address protracted border challenges.

Fintiri while addressing officials of National Boundary Commission, and State Governments agencies who are participants during the workshop in Yola said the problems Commonly known to people, such challenges according to him have resulted to uncountable communal clashes, several acts of economic sabotage.

The workshop was being attended by Chairmen of Border Committees of frontline states of Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Benue, Cross River and Akwa Ibom as well as traditional rulers among others.

In his remarks at the event held in the Government House, Yola, Governor Umaru Fintiri said the workshop was apt, coming at a time when the governments are faced with challenges of boundary demarcations.

Governor Fintiri assures that the government’s unequivocal readiness to support all plans and initiatives aimed at addressing the protracted border challenges in our various States.

“I therefore wish to agree with your key objective clearly stated as the thrust of this one-day workshop intended to create a platform for local border authorities along Nigeria and Cameroon International Boundary.

“It goes a long way in seeking to establish a platform for the engagement of Nigeria’s local border authorities to promote peaceful coexistence, good neighborliness and sub-regional integration.

“The security implications of unresolved border issues cannot be overstated. The absence of clear demarcation poses risks and challenges, especially in areas lacking adequate security infrastructure, ” he said.

He said Adamawa State alone has nearly 900 kilometers border with Cameroon, stressing that the State is burdened with more of the need for the expected outcomes of this workshop.

He calls for robust collaboration between the Adamawa State Government, other State Governments, the National Boundary Commission, and the affected communities.

The State Deputy Governor and Chairman State Boundary Committee, Prof Kaletapwa Farauta explained that Adamawa State is the major stakeholder in cross-border project in the country.

According to her, Nigeria has ratified the African Union Convention on Cross Border Cooperation otherwise known as Niamey Convention to provide roles for the border local governments states and countycounty at large.

She observed that communities living along border areas are largely homogenous adding however that the workshop would foster peaceful coexistence and open doors for more opportunities for progress and development.

The Director General National Boundary Commission, Adamu Adaje represented by Hajiya Amina Nyako, said the workshop comes at a right time owing rising insecurity along border areas.

He added that it will also facilitate cross border cooperation and regional integration and economic growth as underscored by African Union and Economic Community of West African Union (ECOWAS).

The Executive Secretary Border Community Development Agency, Captain Junaid Abdullahi represented by Sadiq Abdullahi Isa commends the efforts for creation of local border authorities as a key catalyst for national cohesion.

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Wura-Ola Adepoju who was represented said creating the platform for local border authorities would indeed address smuggling of migrants, banditry among other security challenges.

The one day workshop which has the theme ‘Transforming Borders from Barriers of Separation to Bridges of Cooperation and Integration’ would bring out findings towards enhancing security and welfare of border communities