Jigawa State Government, Zinder and Maradi Regions in Niger Republic have agreed to strengthen cooperation on Border Management.

Addressing an interactive session of Government officials from Zinder, Maradi, representatives of International Organization of Migration IOM and Nigeria – Niger Joint Commission in Dutse, the Secretary to Jigawa State government SSG, Alhaji Adamu Abdulkadir Fanini lauded the fruitful partnership between Jigawa State and the two regions of Niger Republic.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Council Affairs and Special Service, Office of the SSG, Alhaji Ado Maigari Sadiq, said the meeting focuses on regional border management and security challenges between the two Countries.

He stated that the meeting was aim at strengthening communication, cooperation and information management along Nigeria- Niger borders.

“I have no doubt in my mind that our sustained mutual cooperation and collaboration will enable the State and the two region record more successes in on-going attempts to deepen cooperation in an atmosphere of peace and stability along our borders,”  the SSG said.

Alhaji Adamu Abdulkadir Fanini explained that Jigawa State would soon establish a committee to strengthened  cooperation and collaboration on international relationship between Jigawa State and the two Regions in Niger Republic.

He expressed optimism that the cooperation would grow stronger for mutual benefits of both regions and their populations.

Earlier, the Deputy Governor, Zinder Region, Kogo Abdou said their visit to Jigawa State was to share experiences, knowledge and ideas concerning border management between Jigawa State, Zinder and Maradi Regions.

He commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar for commitments toward maintaining peace and security in the State.

Kogo Abdou expressed Zinder and Maradi appreciation of the I.O.M’s consistent and reliable support in the area of border management. 

Other dignitaries present at the session includes the Secretary to the Government of Zinder Region Sumana Karimin, Director of Police National, Maradi Region, Amodou Mossi, Director Police National Zinder Region Boubakar Kirgni, Director Commerce Maradi Region, Mrs Aissatu Isaq and Director Commerce Zinder Region, Abdou Gado.

Others are representative of Nigeria- Niger Joint Commission (NNJC) Malam Rabi’u Abubakar, representative of International Organization of Migration (I.O.M) Chaibou Oumarou and representative of His Royal Highness the Emir of Damagaran, Alhaji Ibrahim Sanusi.

Discussions during the session centred on how to effectively implement last year’s resolutions which if implemented may create more opportunities in socio-economics, relationship, commercial activities and strengthen communications, cooperation and information management along the borders.