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Friday, November 15, 2019

Nigeria, Benin And Niger Resolution Emerges Over Border Closure

Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and Niger, have established a joint border patrol team comprising the Police, Customs, Immigration of the tripartite countries to recommend a date for the reopening of the borders.

The three countries reached a resolution on Thursday in Abuja at the end of the Tripartite Anti-Smuggling Committee Meeting of Nigeria, Benin and Niger.

Reading the communiqué at the end of the meeting, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the meeting took note of all concerns raised and agreed to establish a monitoring and evaluating committee of the three countries, NAN reports.

Onyeams said that the committee will comprise of Ministers of Finance, Trade, Foreign Affairs, Customs, Immigration and National Security Adviser.

He said that the Committee is with a mandate to ensure actions that would facilitate and enhance the suppression of smuggled goods and other related matters.

“The meeting agreed that the monitoring and evaluation committee will ensure the full implementation of the adopted mandate of the Joint Anti-Smuggling Human Trafficking Committee.

On the anti-smuggling issues, Onyeama earlier said the meeting deliberated on the myriad of challenges faced by the three countries.

Onyeama added that more importantly, the meeting dwelt on the areas of smuggling of goods and services that were not approved under the Protocols on ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme.

He said that the meeting also proffered to address issues as regards Free Movement of Persons without valid ECOWAS travel documents, as well as plethora of illegal warehouses along the border corridors.

Onyeama said that Niger and Benin Republic however appealed for the reopening of the land borders.

Responding to the attack of Nigerian traders in Ghana, Onyeama said that the Nigerian High Commission was engaging with the Ghanaian government and the leadership of the Nigerian traders in Accra.

Onyeama said that there was however no threat to the physical safety of Nigerian traders in Ghana, adding that the tripartite meeting have agreed on modalities for the way forward


  1. My own is let them open the border for us

    1. Enter your reply...Abeg dey shuld open d border jare

  2. Isn't this what a sensible government would have done in the first instance,instead they just closed the border and caused unnecessary hardship.

  3. Let them jejely open the boarder cos with the closure they didn't achieve anything.

    1. It is BORDER.Boarder is for boarding school.

    2. Lol honestly they didn't..Nigeria isn't self sufficient yet to solely feed its self

  4. It;s simple, increase duty on imported goods and use the proceeds to develop Nigeria like other countries do. Also, some of the companies can come establish in Nigeria to offer good paying jobs to Nigerians working there. While the Agricultural Sector is developed to feed her own people first before thinking of other countries.


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