Commends analysis report of National Defence College Course 28
As authorities and different stakeholders proceed to hunt options for more practical border administration in Nigeria, renewed efforts can be channeled in direction of bettering synergy amongst businesses concerned in border administration, in response to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo said this on Monday throughout the digital presentation of the analysis report of the National Defence College Course 28 titled “Border Management & National Development in Nigeria: The ECOWAS Protocol Relating to Free Movement of Persons, Residence & Establishment in Perspective”.
Giving his remarks after the presentation of the analysis report and the interactive session, the Vice President stated border administration impacts the economic system very significantly therefore the necessity to get all businesses concerned within the sector collectively.
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According to Prof. Osinbajo, “It is absolutely the correct thing to do, to try and see how we can unify agencies concerned with border management so that there is synergy. We must come back to the question of synergy. Why it is that we have the kinds of problems that we have at the borders and ports, and why the delays?”
While commending the members for a completely researched paper, the Vice President stated analysis paper touched on necessary nationwide points and that efforts can be made to undertake and implement key suggestions.
“I commend you for a really complete, thought-provoking and well-researched paper. The level that has been made is also that we are able to see the significance of synergy even right here. Here is a scenario the place related companies have come collectively together with worldwide members with expertise within the related areas, and have made what I believe is mostly a seminal contribution to our concepts about border administration.
“I like the truth that you’ve addressed very sensible points and likewise very up to date questions that we’ve got to take care of not simply as issues of safety and human trafficking however maybe on a broader scale for the generality of our individuals and the Nigerian economic system at a really tough time.
“There isn’t any query in any respect that no matter we do with respect to frame administration will have an effect on our economic system very significantly.
Continuing, Prof. Osinbajo stated “I think that the questions that you have addressed really go to the root of our economic survival. Some of the things that you have said are spot on. And what we really need to do is to see how to implement some of these suggestions.”
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The report recognized the shortage of coordination as a serious weak spot in Nigeria’s border administration sector whereas key suggestions embrace the adoption of a complete border surveillance programme, the creation of National Border Management Service, amongst others.
Participants current on the occasion embrace the Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri, and different principal officers of the College; the Director-General of the Border Communities Development Agency, Capt. Junaid Abdullahi; the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Amb. Adeyemi Dipeolu; and the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole.
Representatives of the Course members that made displays on the occasion embrace; Col. Babatunde Omopariola, who was the lead presenter; Col. Raymond Utsaha; Navy Capt. O A Oshatuberu; Group Capt. Ehimen Ejodame; and Brig. Gen. Jitendra Singh.