The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to reopen the country’s land borders which have been closed since August 2019.
The country’s various borders were shut down to curtail the smuggling and illegal importation of drugs, small arms, food and agricultural products into the country as well as the smuggling of petrol from Nigeria to neighbouring West African countries.
The disclosure was made by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, during a media chat with State House correspondents on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, in Abuja.
According to reports, Mrs Ahmed revealed that the presidential committee which was set up to look into the matter has completed its assignment and has recommended the reopening of the borders.
Although the minister did not disclose when the report will be submitted, she, however, said the committee would soon submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari after which a formal pronouncement would be made on the matter.