The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared that it would soon deploy aerial vehicles to survey the Trans-African region to enhance border security.
This was revealed on Wednesday at a meeting in Abuja by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who stated that the first phase of the project will stretch from the Lagos-Abuja corridor to Ivory Coast.
Speaking further at the meeting with the management of the African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology, Fashola said that the security apparatus that will be deployed in the future will be increasingly technology-based and their effectiveness depends a lot on geospatial data.
He said: “We want to bring in some aerial vehicles to do aerial survey for the Lagos-Abuja highway corridor that is connecting Nigeria through Seme border to Benin, all the way to Ivory Coast. That is the first phase.
“The security apparatus that will be deployed in the future will be increasingly technology-based and their effectiveness depends a lot on geospatial data,” Fashola added.
The comments of the Minister of Works and Housing comes months after the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, ordered the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to ensure stringent measures in protecting Nigeria’s borders to prevent unwanted visitors in the country.
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