Abiodun OBA |
Nigeria and other member states of the African Union have been advised to consider the integration of regional and sub-regional organizations that have a relationship with border management within their territories.
The advice was contained in a communique issued at the end of the planning workshop on the implementation of the African Union Border Programme in the West African region held in Abuja from November 19-21,2019.
The AU further admonished member states to fight insecurity and corruption along their international boundaries as part of effective border security management and share actionable intelligence with their neighbours to enhance security at the borders.
It said, “Member states should design and develop a cross-border security plan along their common boundaries.
” They should endeavour to collaborate with the media (radio stations, news agencies) along their border communities with a view to carrying out continuous sensitization of their border communities on the issues of promotion of free movement of persons, goods and services and fighting against harassment and bribery.”
The AUBP equally recommended that member states should fast-track the ratification of the Niamey Convention, adding that they should involve the civil societies, youth, and women in cross-border cooperation matters.
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