President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recommendation of a committee for the reopening of four land borders with immediate effect, while others will be reopened in due course.
The Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed disclosed this after a virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday.
She stated that the restriction on the importation of some commodities, like rice and other products would continue.
The borders opened for now include Seme and Mfun borders in the Southwest, Ilela and Maigatari borders in the Northwest.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the country’s land borders will soon be reopened for trade with neighbouring countries to resume.
The president had during a meeting with the 36 state governors said, “Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.
“The sub-region is no longer safe, more so with the collapse of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and the cross border movement of weapons and criminals.
On the issues of banditry and kidnapping reported in each of the geo-political zones, the President added, “Security is important, and we must secure the whole country. We are thinking very hard on the issue of kidnapping. We will make it possible for the military to get to the bandits and kidnappers and eliminate them.”