The Federal Government has said Nigerian borders which were closed since August 2019 will be reopened soon.
Speaking during a roundtable discussion at the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES #26), the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed said a Committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari has done an assessment on the merits of the border closure and had submitted it findings and recommendation to the president. She said she is optimistic that the president will act on the recommendation soon.
“We have made an assessment. The president set up a committee and we have made an assessment and all the members of the committee agreed and are recommending to the president that it is time to reopen the borders. The objective has been met in the sense that we have been able, over these couple of months, to work together with our partners in a tripartite committee and do a joint border patrol together and reinforced the sanctity of the commitments that we made to each other. So, each side has learnt its lesions. Nigeria has been affecting our partners in terms of businesses that we have in Nigeria as well. So, we will be expecting that the borders will be reopened very soon. The date will be decided by Mr President” she stated.