The Federal Government has introduced the use of biometric registration to monitor the movement of people, goods and livestock into the country.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, said this on Thursday in Abuja at a special town hall meeting to address farmers/herdsmen crisis.
He recalled that a conference was recently organised within the ECOWAS sub-region to review ECOWAS Protocol on the free movement of goods, humans and livestock.“60 per cent of the people in West Africa is Nigerians. You need to know the number of Nigerians who cross the borders to other countries to look for a livelihood.
“It is important for us to see how we can create a balance between the implementation of the protocol and the security of our borders.
“We have introduced the use of biometrics in other to ensure that we take account of every person that comes into Nigeria,’’ he said.
Similarly, Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that farmers and herdmen crisis was a global issue. Ogbeh said the government was currently training agro-rangers through the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to protect agricultural investments.
Meanwhile, stakeholders who spoke during the meeting appealed to the Federal Government to take decisive and prompt steps toward addressing the crisis to end the loss of lives and properties.