A bill to establish the Nigerian Institute for Border Studies sponsored by Senator Tolulope Odebiyi was the subject of a public hearing on Monday.
In his speech, he explained that borders have assumed complications and intricacies that now require institutions, studies and research centers, hence the establishment of the “ Nigerian Institute of Border Studies, Imeko , Ogun State will serve all of Africa.
Odebiyi said border studies were becoming increasingly essential now that Nigeria had more than 2,000 legal and illegal border entry points.
He said: “The rationale for this bill is therefore no different as it seeks to replicate the creation of similar institutions dedicated to the study of borders in Nigeria, for Nigeria and by extension for Nigeria. ‘Africa.
“This is even more compelling for Nigeria with over 2,000 border entry points, legal and illegal, and the country’s total land borders measuring over 4,477 kilometers.”
He further argued that the nation must increase its human capital to manage its international borders and borders.
Citing border institutions from other climates that have helped increase the workforce, he said: “The University of Windsor Cross-Border Institute, Canada; The Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego and the Border Policy Research Institute in Washington, USA show just how relevant border issues are.
He is hopeful that the Institute, if created, would still offer a solution to the illegal influx of arms into the country.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education Institutions and TETfund, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, stressed that the committee was ready to add value to border management and education of the country.
He called on stakeholders to cooperate to ensure that the bill is passed in the interest of Nigerians.
Kaita said, “The establishment of the Institute for Frontier Studies would certainly help to calibrate the spread of educational infrastructure needs while balancing access to education across different demographics.”
The public hearing brought together traditional leaders, the former chief executive of NBC, academics and CSOs.