Nigerian Govt Speaks On Date Of Reopening - Border closure

The joint team is made up of Customs, Air Force and other security agencies of the countries,
Katagum disclosed
The Country land boarders that were close August 2019, the Nigeria government have not schedule any date yet of opening it.

According to report, President Muhammadu Buhari explained that the borders were closed, to prevent smuggling of banned items.

Speaking with journalists on Monday, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, stated that a date for the borders to be reopened would be fixed after a joint patrol team set up by Nigeria and its neighbours submit its recommendations.

The Minister said the recommendations would determine if the Benin Republic and the Niger Republic have complied with trade protocols of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Katagum disclosed that the joint team is made up of Customs, Air Force and other security agencies of the countries.

“We had the strategic meeting with the three countries and what we agreed with our neighbours is to activate a joint border patrol and that border patrol comprising the customs, all the security agencies and ensure to try to follow the actual protocol laid by ECOWAS.

“The committee met on November 25 and it is only when that committee is certain that all the countries are respecting the ECOWAS protocol that they will recommend a day for the opening of the border,” Katagum said.

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