Minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday, March 27, paid a surprise inspection visit to the Seme-Karke joint border post in Cotonou at the border of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.
Amaechi's visit was ahead of the high level meeting of ministers of transport, infrastructure and health of Benin Republic, Ghana, Cote D’Ivore, Nigeria and Togo, in collaboration with Abidjan Lagos Corridor Organization (ALCO), taking place on Friday, March 28 28th March, in Cotonou.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with the assistance of the European Union (EU), established the Seme-Krake joint border post with the aim of facilitating trade and transit and cross-border movement of people, vehicle and goods in line with the relevant ECOWAS protocols acceded to by Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS.
In order to facilitate trade and free movement, all road blocks that constitute barriers to transit are expected to be removed with the operations at the border post of the neighbouring ECOWAS members states.
Nigeria's ministry of transportation is Nigeria’s focal point and doubles as the chair of the joint border post management committee in line with the act setting up the JBP. The ministry is also responsible for the maintenance of the facility.
Operations at the JBP are carried out by select border agencies of both countries working with sub-committees which constitute a management committee of operatives chaired by the Customs Services of the two countries.
The Republic of Benin and Federal Republic of Nigeria as stipulated by the ECOWAS Act, have the responsibility of oversee the general administration of joint border post.
Meanwhile, the minister of state Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has urged the National Assembly to approve $461.8 million for additional work on the new terminals ongoing across the country.
Sirika made the request when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Aviation on Monday, March 25, in Abuja for his ministry’s budget defence.
He said the required amount, which was needed in addition to the $500 million loan already gotten from China Exim Bank for the purpose would help to solve some challenges encountered during the process of building the terminals.
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