One of the outcomes of this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which holds every Wednesday, was the President’s approval for the reopening of four major land borders, ONITSHA GRA is reporting. The borders to be re-opened includes Mfun in the South-south part of the country and Semé border in the South-west. The other two are Illela and Maitagari both in Northern Nigeria.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria closed all land borders of the country last year as part of efforts to curb illegal smuggling, especially that of rice and illegal arms.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister for finance, announced this in Abuja immediately after the FEC meeting. She added that all items such as rice and poultry products which were previously banned by the government remain banned. Mrs Zainab Ahmed enthused that the land border closure achieved its purpose and that the Presidency now believes that the timing of the re-opening is right as it will help the nation’s economy to bounce back from recession. She further disclosed that all other land borders will be opened on or before December 31st 2020.
President had, through his Twitter handle, hinted last month that his administration was already considering the reopening of the land borders. Nigerians have continued to respond to the development as it is a great news to many.