The National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of SERVICOM, Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli, has stressed the need for border communities to be provided with basic amenities and infrastructure.
Akajemeli, who was on an advocacy visit to the Headquarters of the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA), said Nigerians living in border communities deserve equal treatment and provision of basic developmental facilities as all other communities in the country.
“Communities around the borders deserve equal access to public services like any other community because they are citizens of this country and they should also have a sense of nationhood”, she said.
She enjoined the management of the Agency to work towards ensuring sustainable social economic and infrastructural development of the border communities in the country as this would rekindle their patriotism and boost national security.
Akajemeli said regular consultation with such communities would enable the Agency to identify the actual needs of the people in order of priority, adding that service standards should be in place and properly implemented.
The details of Akajemeli’s visit to BCDA were contained in a press release issued yesterday by Mrs Patience Musa, the Public Awareness Manager of SERVICOM.
The Executive Secretary of BCDA, Mr Numoipre Wills, also expressed concern over the dearth of social infrastructure in most border communities. He noted with dismay that some of these communities access better social amenities such as electricity, hospitals and schools from neighbouring countries.
He explained that the activities of the Agency were interventionist in nature and expressed optimism that with the recently improved funding to the Organisation, more infrastructural projects would be identified and carried out for the overall development of the border communities so that the lost patriotism from such communities would be restored.