Border closure: Nigerian rice farmers now smiling to banks, says Akume
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Border closure: Nigerian rice farmers now smiling to banks, says Akume

- Senator George Akume says Nigerian rice farmers are now smiling to banks due to the border closure

- The minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs made the comment on Thursday, November 28 in Lagos

- According to him, the policies of Buhari's administration were for the good of common Nigerians

Minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs, Senator George Akume, on Thursday, November 28 in Lagos appraised policies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The minister who spoke on the border closure by the Buhari's government, said most farmers in the country were currently smiling to the banks as a result of border closure.

He also stated that more enrolment have been recorded in schools due to free feeding for school pupils.

Akume made the statement at a press briefing after reading the communique for minister stakeholders retreat to develop strategic plan 2019-2023 for his ministry.

According to him, the policies of Buhari's administration were for the good of common Nigerians.

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“President Buhari’s policies are for the good of common Nigerians. Border closure policy is to support Nigerian farmers.

“The farmers, especially the rice farmers are smiling to the bank. The policy will transform their lives.

“In Benue state, so many women have taken over rice milling and selling and they all doing very well,” he said.

“The school feeding programme is also working well, so many pupils are enrolling and going to school because of that,” he added.

Meanwhile, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Tuesday, November 25, affirmed his support for the Nigerian government to close its land borders.

Obasanjo made the remark during a press conference on the margins of Policy Dialogue of African Business Associations on Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreements in Addis Ababa.

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The two-day policy dialogue was co-organized by the African Union, the African Development Bank and the African Export-Import Bank.

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