National retreat for a better boundary management held on Monday 21 may 2018 at the conference of the Nigerian air force
The National Boundary Commision has organised a one day Retreat for stakeholders on the management of Nigeria Boundaries. Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as the chairman of the Commission. Declared the retreat opened with a call for the refining of Nigeria’s Boundaries using advance technologies to resolve challenges abound.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo stressed the need for Nigeria to brace up to challenges applying new technologies and also revitalizing the lines of both Inter and the International Boundaries.
In a goodwill message, the chairman Senate committee on States and Local Government administration, Senator Abdullahi Gumel, noted the inadequacies of the Commission’s citing poor funding and flashes of insecurity. Adding that there is hope at the end of the tunnel. Senator Abdullahi promised to ensure that the budgetary allocations to the Commision is improved. Similarly, the chairman, the House committee on Special Duties, Hon. Sani Zangon Daura, promised to work with the upper chamber of the National Assembly for realistic budgetary allocation to the commission.
Earlier in welcome address, the Direction General of the Commision, Dr. MB. Ahmad said the Retreat was necessitated on the need to find a way of moving forward in the management of the Nigeria Boundary.
The Director General who delivered a paper on Africa Union Border Programme as it relates to cross border cooperation and regional integration described Nigeria’s Boundary as Africa’s Boundary due to its peculiarities.
Speaking on Boundary making in Africa; the challenges; and opportunities. Professor Anthony Asiwaju said there are unlimited opportunities that countries can harp on to better their people especially those in border regions
Other topics discussed included the Prospects and Challenges so far in the development of Nigeria Boundary; the definition of Nigeria’s International Boundaries and her neighbors; The Nigeria-Cameroon Border crisis in relation to the implementation of the judgement by the International Court of Justice; Conflict Management and Peace Building on Border Issues.
The retreat was rounded up with a note for information on Nigeria’s maritime Boundaries. Those who attended the retreat included the Board Members of the Commission, some deputy Governors and management Staff.
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