Ludwiz Kirchner, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) GIZ Cluster Coordinator says it has renewed its support for African Union (AU) Border Programme with 18 million Euros from 2020 to 2022.
Kirchner made this known on the sidelines of the Workshop on Regional Review and Planning of the African Union Border Programme in West Africa on Tuesday in Abuja.
“The African Union Border Programme was quite a successful programme, the fourth phase has been established with a total of 18 million euros that will be allocated to different countries but with the focus on the West African Region.
“With already three phases at the beginning starting with demarcation activities, but more and more has moved also to border management and cross border initiatives especially for trading and better environment at the border areas.
“It has been very successful, and it was from all sides, the German sides and also from the partner side to continue with the programme.
“The main purpose is to develop the border area because mostly border areas are so remote and somehow also not in the focus of the government services, so there is a need for development in the border areas“.
For his part, Adamu Adaji, Acting Director General, National Boundary Commission, said the workshop aimed to review the support of the German Government to the AU Programme as it enters the fourth phase.
`The programme is to review the support of the German Government over the years, as it now ends its third phase and commences the fourth phase, beginning from 2020.
“The German Government had as part of their policy, provided support to the African Union Border Programme to some West African Countries; Nigeria became a beneficiary of that support just two years ago.
“The support has enabled us to partner with Niger Republic to put more pillars along our common international boundaries, and the support has also enabled us to provide eight solar powered boreholes to our border communities and have a very peaceful international boundary regime with our neighbours.“
According to the Acting DG, with the support from the German Government, affected countries will work out modalities to ensure that their boundaries are well defined as expected.
He said: “part of the support is also to provide facilities that will engage the affected border communities so as to curb the rate of crime and other vices along our international boundaries“.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Germany government has a long-standing cooperation with the African Union and its Member States in several areas.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz