The Federal Government has approved the immediate reopening of four of Nigeria’s land borders in three of the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The re-opened borders include Seme border in the South-West, Illela and Maigatari borders in the North-West and Mfun border in the South-South.
The ban on importation of rice, poultry and other times, however, remains in enforcement.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed made this known after the 28th virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber of State House, Abuja.
Ahmed said, “The president has approved the recommendations of the committee that I chaired with the ministers of trade and investment, interior, foreign affairs, national security adviser and comptroller general of Customs.
“The committee was mandated to review and advise on the reopening of the Nigerian borders and after they submitted their recommendations, the president agreed that the borders should be reopened.”
Ahmed further said that the remaining officially-recognised borders would be reopened on or before December 31, 2020.
Buhari in August 2019 had directed the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to shut Nigeria’s land borders to stifle smuggling of food items and other contrabands into the country.
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