- Nigerian foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, held a meeting with representatives from Niger and Benin Republic
- The meeting was aimed at discussing conditions set by Nigeria for the re-opening of its land borders
- This is coming at a time when neighbouring countries have called on Nigeria to reverse its decision due to its adverse effect on their economic activities
Following reactions and pleas from neighbouring countries over the closure of the border by the federal government, Nigeria has decided to meet with Niger and Benin Republic.
The meeting was held among foreign ministers of the African nations to look into the conditions set by Nigeria for the re-opening of the land borders so as to resume importation of goods.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government of Nigeria on Monday, November 4, said that until member nations of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) respect rules of origin, it would not reopen its land border.
Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs, said that all goods exported into Nigeria from ECOWAS countries must have not less than 30% local inputs.
Onyeama added that such goods must be escorted directly from the port of member nations directly to Nigerian borders.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the date for reopening of Nigerian borders.
The date was fixed by the presidency as Wednesday, January 31, 2020. This was revealed by the comptroller of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in charge of enforcement, Victor David Dimka.
Dimka said that the closure was extended due to the fact the federal government was yet to achieve its objectives for the move.
He went on to say that allowance for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension would be refunded in no time.
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