- President Buhari has highlighted the impacts of his government’s decision to close the country’s land borders
- The president said consumption of fuel has dropped sharply by 30% since the borders were closed
- Though President Buhari commended the measures taken by his Benin Republic counterpart, he said no date has been given for the reopening of the land borders yet
President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria’s consumption of fuel has dropped sharply by 30%, a development he attributed to the closure of land borders.
It is gathered that a huge chunk of the petrol imported to the country subsidized for Nigerians found their way to neighbouring countries, a situation which the president believed the directive banning the sale of petrol to filling stations close to the borders has curbed.
A statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, indicates that the president made this known in his Daura hometown when he hosted a delegation of Katsina State Elders Forum.
The president commended his counterpart in the Benin Republic, Muhammadou Youssoufou, for taking actions to stop the illegal trade in his country’s border, which is the sole reason while Nigeria decided to shut its borders.
Buhari noted that President Youssoufou has put up some measures to curb illegal trading in the country, including dismissal of some officials indicted.
However, President Buhari said no date has been given for the reopening of the land borders, adding that he will only consider reopening when the situation improves.
The president also admitted the border closure is posing slight hardship on Nigerians, adding that it is just a temporary measure put in place to give the Nigerian Customs strategise to effectively contain smuggling.
The president said the border closure will also rekindle the agriculture sector, noting that it will save the country billions of naira on import bills.
In his own remark, Aliyu Saulawa, the representative of the Chairman of the Elders Forum, commended President Buhari’s achievements bur urged him to do more for the state in terms of infrastructure projects and other areas.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that ECOWAS parliament allegedly backed Nigeria’s decision to close its land borders in a bid to curb smuggling and other forms of illegal trade being done by neighbouring countries.
Ahmed Wase, who is the first deputy speaker of the ECOWAS parliament, said ECOWAS has adopted Nigeria’s position on the border closure.
The development was made known by Sadiq Ibrahim, who presented Nigeria’s country report on behalf of Wase, during the second ordinary session of ECOWAS Parliament on Wednesday, November 27.
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