Commission embraces digitalization for resolution of boundary crises


The National Boundary Commission (NBC) has said it is working towards adopting digital means of collating and analysing data to ease delineation and resolution of boundary crises.
The Director-General of the commission, Surveyor Adamu Adaji, said Wednesday that it was no longer comfortable with the slow pace of data collection by sister agencies saying it’s efforts to expedite action on boundary cases were jeopardised.


The DG said it was increasingly difficult to successfully carry out it’s core mandate as well as bring succour to communities in crises over boundary cases because of the delay in data collection and processing by sister agencies.
Lamenting the slow process while receiving the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Director-General, Dr Halilu Shaba, he said the NBC was looking forward to adopting a more comprehensive means of collating and keeping detailed data and effectively using the same to manage boundaries across the nation.


“It is becoming increasingly more difficult to successfully carry out our core mandate of determining boundaries by relying on the traditional method of data collection which are sometimes influenced by human dispositions”, he noted adding that it has accordingly resolved to embrace digitalization to quicken the process of demarcation and limit human errors.”The use of satellite imagery will be an added impetus to boundary management as it will help boundary managers to keep track of the relevant data needed for boundary determination and definition.


“With the use of satellites we will not only be able to collect data to establish the  boundary marks but we will also be able to immediately go into the field to commence demarcation thereby restoring peace to warring border communities.
“Our goal at the commission is to ensure speedy resolutions of boundary disputes and stimulate economic growth and development in the affected areas”, he said and appealed to NASRDA to partner with the commission to train boundary managers on data collation and processing to fast track demarcation processes.
 “The task of determining boundaries without the relevant data from the local and state boundary committees  can be very daunting. It is hoped that with the introduction of the use of technology the task will be much easier as  everyone will have an idea where the boundary line starts and ends,” he said.


Earlier, the NASRDA Director General, Dr Shaba had said he was at the commission’s office to seek collaboration with them on border management.
He disclosed that his agency has developed a satellite system that could enhance effectiveness in boundary management.
According to him, aside from boundary markings, auditing, mappings and monitoring, the satellite could be helpful in gathering evidential details that would assist in quick resolution of boundary issues.