By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Adamawa State Government has reiterated its commitment to the realisation of a collaboration with the Cameroonian Republic that will enhance economic activities along border communities as well as check criminal activities
Governor Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla, who received the Cameroonian delegation at the Presidential Lodge in Yola, explained that the collaboration was timely.
The governor said because of the porous nature of the border as well as the thickness of Gumti Game Reserves, criminal activities including kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed banditry continue unabated as the forest serves as a hide out for the criminals.
The Governor who was represented by Deputy Governor, Martins Nasir Babale, stressed that other areas of collaboration which includes livestock production would be beneficial to both Nigerians and the Cameroonians adding that people of the two countries share common interests.
Earlier, the leader of the Cameroonian delegation, Noel Bartinard, who is a senior divisional officer said the commencement of the collaboration has the permission of President Paul Biya of Cameron and stressed that because of the importance of the collaboration, Cameroonian Republic wished for its intensification.
He said both animals and livestock production as well as criminal activities are of concerns to both countries and needed to be tackled collectively.
Bartinard, pointed out that the Cameroonian Republic attaches importance to peace and security which necessitated the involvement of all relevant stakeholders in the Cameroonian delegation.
Commissioner of Livestock Production, Isa Ibrahim Sali as well as Doctor Nyallas Bertimawus gave a brief background to the issues that brought about the collaboration, which dates back to 2002.
A technical session of the collaboration is expected to produce a Memoranda of Understanding that will check criminal activities and enhance economic activity along Toungo and Ticshi border of both Nigeria and Cameron.