- Nigeria's border will soon be reopened according to Osinbajo
- The vice president said to achieve this, the federal government is working with neighbouring countries
- Meanwhile, he said Nigeria will continue to patrol the borders alongside the neighbours
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that Nigeria's border will soon be reopened.
The VP disclosed this while speaking during a webinar organised by The Africa Report on Thursday, September 24.
He said this in reaction to a question on the continued closure of the land borders despite preparations for the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
Osinbajo said the federal government is working towards reopening the borders.
The webinar was themed ‘Bouncing back: Nigeria’s post-pandemic recovery plan.
“We are working with our neighbours to see on what terms we would reopen those borders. At the moment, we are undertaking joint border patrols to control smuggling along the borders and we think it is working and I am sure that soon enough we should have the borders opened,” he said.
“We are committed to the AfCFTA but we are concerned about threats to security and the economy and we had to take certain actions that would satisfy the immediate needs of our country. It (border closure) certainly wasn’t meant to be permanent and we are looking forward to reopening as quickly as possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had also reported that President Muhammadu Buhari dismissed any expectation that Nigeria's land borders would be reopened anytime soon.
Buhari urged Nigerians to consume what is produced locally because his administration is not ready to reopen the land borders now.
The president made the statement in Kebbi state during a tour to access the level of damage done by floods.
Buhari who was represented by the ministry minister of agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, said the federal government was ready to empower farmers to boost local production and perhaps, exports.
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) tightened security at all airports and border posts to prevent the importation of COVID-19 infected frozen chicken from China and Ecuador into the country.
The customs headquarters has directed all zonal and area commands to ensure that the frozen chicken is not smuggled into Nigeria.
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