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IT consultants call for electronic devices at border posts


Computers Some Information Technology consultants have called for the use of electronic devices to man the nation’s borders, to infuse more administrative effectiveness into the process.

The consultants, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos said that a scientific border monitoring device would check the influx of arms into the country.

They told NAN that with electronic devices, the prevalence of corrupt practices, illegal immigrants and passport racketeering would be reduced to the barest minimum.

Mr Bright Opara, the Chief Consultant of Technero Vision, said that there was need for less human contact in border administration in the country.

“We now have smart devices that can do the job of manning our borders effectively.

“Human beings by nature commit infractions when the environment is conducive for them to do so.

“In this IT driven age, efforts should be made to jettison human involvement wherever we can deploy devices, for proactive results,’’ Opara said.

Mrs Treasure Uchegbu, an Associate Consultant with Paradigm Initiatives Nigeria (PIN), said that electronic devices ought to be programmed to curb small arms proliferation in the country.

“If we are sincere about the war against insurgency, we need to deploy the use of machines that can detect arms concealed in any form of luggage entering the country,’’ Uchegbu said.

According to her, as a country contending with terrorism, arms manufacturers will always want to smuggle their wares into the country, to the end users.

Mr Benedict Itodo, an IT expert with Sappid Terminal, regretted the porous state of the nation’s land borders.

Itodo urged the security personnel manning the borders to think of the nation’s safety first.

He added that the installation of devices and a reduction in human contact at the country’s entry and exit points would save the nation from cross border crisis like the Ebola epidemic.

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