Porous Borders: Threat to National Security
Sierra Leone’s borders are as porous as a basket; the country has over fifty crossing points along her border with Guinea and many others on her border with Liberia. Such porous borders are definitely a threat to the security of this nation.
The porous borders have been facilitating the massive smuggling and illegal immigration obtaining along the border towns. There is a woefully inadequate number of security personnel to man the numerous crossing points and the personnel are not well equipped.
In fact, the porous borders have been undermining revenue generation as many use the unmanned crossing points to by-pass the customs post and illicitly enter the country with merchandise or whatever. Such a situation puts our security at stake, especially when we consider the notorious fact that the two major calamities in this country, the rebel war and the Ebola epidemic spilled over from the two neighboring countries, Liberia and Guinea respectively.
The porous borders have been a cause for the proliferation of illegal immigrants in our country and have made our country very vulnerable to any attack or to any other evil from the two neighboring countries. The porous borders have made our country resemble a house with a broken fence through which thieves and other criminals gain easy access.
There is need for government to pay a very serious attention to the porous borders and find a way of protecting them against intruders. This can be done by highly increasing the number of security personnel along the borders and giving them adequate logistics.
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