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FG Plans to Digitalise Border Management, Says Aregbesola

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SIKIRU OBARAYESE, Osogbo

The Nigeria Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on Friday disclosed that the Federal government of Nigeria is working towards making management and control of land borders ICT-driven for effective surveillance and intelligence gathering.

He added that the government would be partnering with Global Information and Communications Technology company, Huawei, to achieve this goal.

According to him, the enviable performance and laudable antecedent of the ICT company have proven its capacity to handle projects of that magnitude.

Aregbesola made this known while commissioning some projects donated by the company to Ogedengbe School of Science, Ilesa, Osun State, which include toilet, water supply and laboratory to create conducive environment for learning in the school.

The Managing Director of the company, Mr Zhang Lulu, while handing over the projects said that the firm was committed to achieving a fully digitalised system in Nigeria, adding that Nigerian youths must be well equipped with ICT skills to contribute immensely to the nation’s growth and development.

He maintained that Nigeria is blessed with many talented minds who possess requisite ideas and innovation to turn around the fortunes of the country if such talents are properly annexed.

Lulu explained that his company recognises Corporate Social Responsibility as essential duty of every organisation as a way of supporting their immediate environment, saying the company has been doing that for over two decades in Nigeria.

“As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei has been a great factor in developing Nigeria through ICT.

“Apart from increased connectivity, Huawei has also been committed to building skills at all levels of the society, by providing technology in schools”.

Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of a Non-governmental organisation, Citizenship Civic Awareness Centre, (CCAC), the organization that facilitated the project, Adeola Shoetan, while speaking with newsmen stressed that UNICEF report on Nigeria few years ago revealed that 50 percent of Nigerians, including students do not have access to toilet.

He said his organization approached Huawei through Minister of Interior, adding that the company when contacted was shocked to hear that a school of science could exist without toilet and electricity supply.

The NGO boss explained that his organization also facilitated how Huawei paid off the debt of electricity bill owned by the school for a long time before it was cutoff and supervised other projects.

Earlier speaking, the Principal of the school, Mrs Felicia Orimoogunje said the school had witnessed terrible experience for lack of basic infrastructure like toilet,electricity supply and functional laboratory.

She however lauded the Minister and Huawei for coming to their rescue as she averred that “the toilet facility will put an end to open defecation, and the electricity will further enhance better performance of our students in their science practical exercise.”

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