Mark decries influx of terrorists across Nigeria's borders

By The Citizen

The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, in Abuja on Monday decried the continuous influx of mercenaries, terrorists and insurgents across Nigeria's borders.

He made the remark at a one -day public hearing, organised by the joint Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human rights and Legal Matters and States and Local Government Administration.

Represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. James Manager (PDP-Delta), Mark said that the Border Communities Development Agency Act was established in 2004 and amended in 2006.

'The agency has the responsibility of improving the social and economic lives of Nigerians living in various settlements, villages and towns spread across 96 local governments in the 21 states along Nigeria's borders,'' the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the Senate president as saying on the issue.

According to him, in spite of the amendment, the condition of border communities in Nigeria has yet to improve.

The Senate president also decried the rise in human trafficking in border communities and attributed it to the inability of government to meet the needs of the people.

'The situation is worsened by the dearth of amenities, such as good schools, hospitals, markets and even water and it makes the inhabitants cross to neighbouring countries for them,'' he said.

Mark expressed optimism that the amendment bill would enable the agency to function efficiently to improve the lives of people and tighten security around the borders.