Basic infrastructure: Reps make case for border communities



The House of Representatives has urged the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) to provide infrastructure in the border communities to check migration to other countries.

The house mandated Committees on Special Duties and Appropriations to provide funds in the 2020 budget for the provision of basic facilities in the border communities.

Mohammed Bio (APC-Kwara) at the plenary on Wednesday.

that Nigeria has many communities that share borders with neighboring countries like Republic of Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

that several towns and villages including Chikanda, Sinaguru, Aroguru, Taberu, Boriya, Gure, Yanri, Bukuro, Gbabe and Karonji are some of the border communities in Baruten and Kaiama Local Government Areas of Kwara.

According to him, the proximity of those communities to the Republic of Benin opens doors for National and International business transactions between both sides.

Bio said that despite the commercial importance of those border communities, there are no significant infrastructural facilities .

 to the Benin Republic.

According to him, they move for medical attention and quality education which does not portray a good image for the nation.

“If the absence of infrastructural facilities in the border communities are not urgently addressed, the people will continue to suffer deprivation and Nigeria will be the worst for it,” he said.

The house urged the BCDA to employ indigenes of border communities to ensure that they represent the interests of their communities.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the house, Rep. Femi Gbajabimila forwarded the matter to the relevant committee to ensure compliance.

Edited by Jane (NAN)-Frances Oraka/Sadiya Hamza

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