The current administration will engage State Governments to address the deplorable conditions of border communities in the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said.
Speaking in Abuja, he said border communities were in a state of despair.
“We need to pay a lot attention to them,” said Osinbajo.
“Without the states we will not be able to achieve much either with the border communities or the boundary commission.”
Osinbajo spoke during a meeting with Senate Committee on States and Local Governments led by its Chairman, Abdullahi Gumel, and the Chief Executives of the Border Communities Development Agency as well as the National Boundary Commission.
He continued, “Border communities are places where you need to ensure are stable.”
He noted that a phased approach would be implemented in solving the problems, considering government’s thin resources.
He also noted that roads, markets, schools and other social basic infrastructure must be provided at the border communities, to avoid intrusion by foreigners.