Border control: Nigeria, AU member-states seek stronger continental engagement

Mazino Dickson, Abuja

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Nigeria has joined other African countries to seek a stronger continental engagement in ensuring a success of the African Union Border Project (AUBP).

The acting Director-General of the National Boundary Commission (NBC), Adamu Adaji state this at the workshop on regional review and planning of the AUBP for West Africa held in Abuja.

The event was organized with the technical support of the German development agency GIZ.

Adaji said the AUPB is meant to serve a vector for promoting peace, security and stability.

He commended the German government through its development agency GIZ – for supporting regional cooperation and security.

Most African states have been grappling with the determination, demarcation and development of their International boundaries; the assistance of the German government to some of the states have gone a long way towards engendering peace and harmonious co-existence among some of the affected border populations,” he said.

The NBC DG solicited for German support in the areas of acquiring geo spatial data, vehicular/camping logistics, capacity development and archival searches.

Cooperation

Ludwig Kirchner, ECOWAS Cluster Coordinator of Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ), said the German government has long-standing cooperation with the AU and its member states in several areas.

The Federal minister of foreign affairs is supporting African Union member-states to have effective and sustainable border management in order to prevent conflicts between member states and to promote integration through peaceful and open border,” he said.

He revealed that GIZ will extend its support to the AUBP at the continental, regional and member states level from 2020-2022.

The AUBP is expected to fast track the political, economic and social integration of African states for stronger global engagement.

The workshop ends on Thursday.