President Muhammadu Buhari has finally approved the immediate reopening of four major land borders in Nigeria.
This is coming more than a year after the president ordered the closure of the borders in a bid to tackle smuggling and protect local manufacturers.
Below is a list of the four borders that are now open for business following the presidential directive:
Legit.ng notes that the four reopened borders are located in the southern and northern parts of the country.
Seme is in the southwest, Mfun is in the south-south while Ilela and Maitagari borders are in the northwest.
When other borders will be reopened
According to the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, the remaining borders will be reopened on or before Thursday, December 31.
She, however, noted that though the borders are being reopened, the ban on importation of rice, poultry and other banned products still subsists and will be implemented by the border patrol team.
Nigerians on social media have reacted to the federal government's reopening of the borders.
Samuel Ajakaiye said on Facebook:
"Nigerians should ask Pmb to tell us what we have achieved the period under border closure and what necessitated the immediate reopening?"
Ogonna Udeaja commented:
"Oh, I don't remember the borders anymore. We survived with the closure and will continue to survive. Let it remain permanently closed."
Alfred Emmanuel Alfred said:
"No sir, not now oo, ur people are still counting corona cases"
Moses Jameson said:
"They can as well tell us what they gained from closing the borders"
Nasir Adamu said:
"Rescue our kidnapped children please,openning of your borders is not the issue."
Meanwhile, Senator Shehu Sani on Wednesday, December 16, also reacted to the reopening of the land borders saying the closure inflicted hardship on Nigerians and worsened the economic situation of the nation.
The former Kaduna federal lawmaker added that closing the borders did not yield any result.
Sani countered the earlier claim made by the federal government that the 16-month border closure helped boost the country’s agricultural output or rice production, noting that it wasn't true.
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