- A member of the House of Representatives, Simon Atigwe, has advised the federal government to keep the land borders closed for more than two years
- Atigwe said that this will put a check on smuggling and will ensure the country's security as the smulling of illegal arms will stopped
- The lawmaker also said that the extension border closure will push Nigerians back to agriculture
Simon Atigwe, a member of the House of Representatives from Enugu, has called on the federal government to extend the closure of all land borders to more than two years.
Atigwe said that the decision of the federal government will help Nigeria in two vital ways: checkmate the influx of arms into the country and push citizens back to agriculture, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The lawmaker stated that leaving Nigerian land borders porous will open the country up for unchecked smuggling, adding that China is where it is now economically because it closed its borders many decades ago.
Moreover, the lawmaker said that the closure of borders for the suggested number of years will stop some Nigerians from being lazy and make them producers, instead of just being consumers.
He added: “Apart from making us lazy, we are still losing income; we are losing revenue because all these people smuggling goods through road borders are not paying anything.
“But if things should be coming in through the ports like the airports and the seaports, then, there will be scrutiny of all the things coming in."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Chief Sunny Onuesoke, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had referred to the closure of all Nigerian land borders by President Muhammadu Buhari as the best decision he had ever made.
Onuesoke, speaking in Delta state on Friday, November 8, said that as a step towards economic development in the country, the order by President Buhari.
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