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Group urges modern tech for border control

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

APFFLON called on Nigeria government to deploy modern tech to boost up security.

Following an attack on a Joint Border Patrol Team which claimed one life and left others injured, and the incessant attacks on the border operatives, the Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) has urged the Federal Government to inject investments in modern technologies for effective and efficient securing of the border. The group also called on the government to put in place comprehensive and appropriate insurance and welfare schemes for all security personnel, and to take stakeholders’ engagement in all border communities for prompt intelligence gathering seriously.

This was disclosed by the APFFLON National President, Frank Ogunojemite, who denounced the smugglers’ attack on the Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) Sector 3 of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) that operates along Sinau-Kenu road in Baruten Council of Kwara State. Ogunojemite asserts that the Federal Government should adequately equip the Joint Border Patrol Team with all necessary equipment to implement the strenuous task, like superior firepower, sound patrol vehicles, routine training and retraining, quality security gadgets and collaboration with border communities.

The strict policies imposed contribute to the rising smuggling activities.

He stressed that with a well-equipped Joint Border Patrol Team, the activities of the smugglers could be effectively monitored, considering the fact that smuggling as a crime cannot be outrightly eradicated. The persistent attacks on Customs Officials have left the group in a bemoaned situation as it continues to lose its personnel to the vicious hoodlum attacks, which continue to terrorize the security agents safeguarding the borders. The APFFLON National president claims that the situation is an unsatisfying trend requiring a high level of intelligence.

It is worth noting that smuggling activities are rapidly increasing amidst the stringent policies that have been imposed on imports by the Federal Government. Ogunojemite points out that these policies have had a negative impact on international trade, compelling people to seek alternative means of importing by sidestepping rules guiding trading activities. He claims that the masses are experiencing severe hardships that could inculcate unprecedented criminal activity across the country if adequate measures are not taken.

APFFLON urges nationwide sensitization on smuggling implications.

Ogunojemite appealed to the Federal Government to review all duties to discourage smuggling, stating that the most priority for the government should be creating job employment for the youth and job seekers. He emphasized the importance of empowering entrepreneurs, particularly small business owners with soft loans and skills through sponsored entrepreneurship programs. According to him, government policies should be implemented in a way that will benefit the citizens well-being. Also, nationwide sensitization on the implications of engaging not only in smuggling activities, but in all illegal businesses, must be a daily routine of the National Orientation Agency and other government-owned media platforms.

In addition, Olugboyega Peters, Coordinator of the Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT), has mandated a thorough investigation to identify and apprehend those responsible for the heinous crime. He said the trend of random attacks by unknown assailants whose intent is to strike fear into the minds of law enforcement officers will not go unchecked, , and neither will it destabilize the resolve of officers and men to carry out their statutory duties to curb smuggling activities across the country.

Government collaborates with Huawei to deliver e-border project.

With threats of terrorism on the rise in our increasingly globalized world, border agencies must consistently address new challenges. While stressing that the deployment of technology is the ideal solution to the country’s border problem, the Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Isa Idris, said that the e-border project has been outsourced to Chinese technology vendor, Huawei. He said that preparations to implement electronic border control systems at 84 border points had moved to an advanced level.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

For proper control of border post and movement of people and goods in all the developed nations, technology system is the most efficiency means used by this nations to curb unwanted movement.With the Nigeria government collaborating with Huawei company lots will be achieve.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

We are in the age of Artificial Intelligence. It is funny we still have to tell the government to use modern technology to control and check border line. It really says a lot about the government that we have. We should put systems in place and make things easier for ourselves.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Despite the fact that smuggling cannot be eliminated entirely, it can be efficiently monitored with a well-equipped Joint Border Patrol Team.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The government should provide the Joint Border Patrol Team with greater armament, sound patrol vehicles, routine training and retraining, excellent security gadgets, and border community collaboration.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

It is worth noting that smuggling activities are increasingly rising in the face of the Federal Government’s strict import rules.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

For the good movement and control and monitor of things in border we need to good modern technology we need to improve our security with modern technology that will help us monitor the border. Provide out standard security gadget and well trained officer to maintain things

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

it is imperative in this presen age for us to improve our technological equipments been deployed to our various borders in order to improve security.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

in this 21st century full with cutting-edge technologies we should be leveraging on it. this technologies will give us total monitoring over our border area.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Weldon Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) for calling the attention of the federal government to the need of using modern technology to defeat insecurity in the nation. That is also a better way to secure and monitor our borders.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

modern tech for border control is very important for us to keep our border free from any form of attack.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

As a result of an attack on a Joint Border Patrol Team, which resulted in the death of one person and injured others, and the ongoing attacks on border operations, others were left injured.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

The attention of this administration needs to be drawn on the importance of modern technology to solve the security challenges confronting the nation. Thanks to APFFLON who presently calling attention ethe federal government to it. Borders check can be done using this modern technology.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

the government to institute welfare and insurance programs that are adequate, as well as comprehensive, for all members of the security forces, and to take seriously the participation of local stakeholders in border towns for the purpose of timely information gathering

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

It is the responsibility of the federal government to provide the Joint Border Patrol Team with all of the required equipment to carry out the challenging mission, including highly effective firepower.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

As a result of the ongoing violence against Customs Officers, the organization is understandably distraught. Every day, brave men and women risk their lives to protect the borders from the savage thugs who target them.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Severe sufferings are being experienced by the population, which, if not addressed, could incite enormous criminal activity across the country.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

As a result of the ongoing violence against Customs Officers, the organization is understandably distraught. Every day, brave men and women risk their lives to protect the borders from the savage thugs who target them.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

The preparations to establish electronic border control systems at 84 different border locations have progressed to a rather advanced degree.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

The National Orientation Agency and other state-run media outlets should make it their daily mission to educate the public about the dangers of smuggling and other forms of unlawful commercial activity.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

It is worth noting that smuggling activities are rapidly increasing amidst the stringent policies that have been imposed on imports by the Federal Government. The deployment of technology is the ideal solution to the country’s border problem,