- ECOWAS has finally decided to intervene in the decision of the Nigerian government to close the country's land borders
- The authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government set up a committee to investigate the issues surrounding the closure
- Recall that the Nigerian government had in August 2019 closed its land borders to check widespread smuggling
The closure of Nigeria's land borders by the federal government to check illegal trading has finally got the attention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government has set up a committee to investigate the issues surrounding the closure.
Premium Times reports that the committee is headed by President Roch Kabore of Burkina Faso who is expected to give full report of the findings.
The decision to probe the border closure was reached on Sunday, February 9, on the margins of the 33rd AU summit going on in Ethiopia.
Recall that the Nigerian government had in August 2019 closed its land borders to check widespread smuggling and protect local manufactures.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian presidency said many citizens in the country now have jobs readily available for them since the closure of the nation's borders.
Speaking on the availability of jobs, the senior special assistant to the president on Niger Delta Affairs, Ita Enang, said many Nigerians who had been out of jobs have now taken to rice production, cassava, millet among many others.
Listing the benefits of the border closure by the federal government on mostly Nigerian youths, Enang while fielding questions from journalists after a strategic meeting in his office in Abuja said the border closure has helped increase Nigeria's revenue generation.
Also, despite calls for the reopening of land borders, President Buhari said his administration has not decided on the time when the ban would be lifted.
The president noted that his administration is using the opportunity to rekindle the agriculture sector.
He said he had not given any date for the reopening of the land border until the situation improves.
A statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the government’s directive would save the country billions of naira on import bills.
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