- Governor Tambuwal urges Nigerian President Buhari to call a meeting with stakeholders over the border closure
- The Sokoto state governor notes that the forum would be an avenue for all affected parties to hash out their concerns
- Tambuwal calls on the president to invite all states in the country with international borders
Following calls for the reopening of land borders, Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to summon an enlarged stakeholder meeting.
According to ThisDay, the governor called on the Nigerian leader to invite all states with an international border for a meeting to hash out areas of concern in relation to national security rights.
Tambuwal disclosed this on Thursday, February 6, when he received in a courtesy call the coordinator Sector Four National Border Drill operations, acting assistant Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Mohammed Aliyu.
Legit.ng gathered that seven local government areas in Sokoto state share borders with the Niger Republic which makes it one of the states with international borderlines.
During the courtesy visit, Tambuwal appealed to the president as it is a matter of urgency.
The governor went on to urge religious leaders to tone their anger while speaking on national issues, most especially the current security challenges.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Buhari said his administration has not decided when the ban on the border would be lifted. The president noted that his administration is using the opportunity to rekindle the agriculture sector.
President Buhari said he had not given any date for the reopening of the land border until the situation improves.
A statement by the president's aide, Garba Shehu, noted that the government’s directive would save the country billions of naira on import bills.
Similarly, the Nigerian presidency said that with the closure of the nation's borders many citizens in the country now have jobs readily available for them.
Ita Enang, the senior special assistant to the president on Niger Delta Affairs speaking on the availability of jobs, said many Nigerians who had been out of jobs have now taken to rice production, cassava, millet among many others.
Enang, while fielding questions from journalists after a strategic meeting in his office in Abuja listed the benefits of the border closure by the federal government. He said the border closure has helped increase Nigeria's revenue generation.
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