Kwara Assembly tasks Buhari on border security

The Kwara State House of Assembly has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to make the nation's Border Community Development Agency functional with a view to check mating security lapses and ensure provision of basic infrastructure for the affected communities to give them a sense of belonging.

This formed part of the resolutions of the Kwara State House of Assembly after considering a report of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on the motion titled "Provision of adequate infrastructure to Border communities along Nigeria-Benin Republic in Baruteen Local Government Area of the State" raised by a member representing Ilesha/Gwanara constituency Alhaji Umar Mohammed Gunu.

The Speaker Dr Ali Ahmad while reading the resolutions of the House on the report said border communities in the State had not felt the impact of the Agency as most of the affected communities lacked access roads and other basic infrastructure,unlike their counterparts in Republic of Benin which were provided with schools, market, dispensary and place of worship by the Government of that country.

The House equally urged the State Revenue Service to provide revenue generating facilities in Chikanda and other routes, so as to use such proceeds to provide necessary infrastructure to improve the well being of border line communities in the State.

The legislature also directed the State Ministry of Health to immediately deploy medical personnel and provide necessary facilities to the Chikanda cottage hospital for the use of immediate communities in the area.

It also equally directed Baruten Local Government Council to as a matter of necessity include projects for development of border communities especially schools and boreholes in its annual budget to reduce the hardship confronting the border line communities in the Local Government Area.

The Chairman House Committeee on. Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Alhaji Jimoh Akanni Abdul Rahman had while presenting his report at the plenary observed among other things that the border communities in the area were porous and vulnerable to security threat.

He equally established that the Chairman of the Local Government Alhaji Mohammed Bio released some documents ceding some communities to Republic of Benin as approved by the National Boundary Commission as this according to the report did not go down well with traditional rulers of the affected Communities.