Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has order the immediate reopening of four of the country’s land borders.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed made the announcement on Wednesday said the President has given green light for the reopening of the listed land borders, “South West (Seme border) , North West (Illela and Maigatari border) and South South (Mfun border).”
Nigeria government closed the land borders since August 2019 to stop illegal importation of weapons, agricultural products and drugs into the country from neighbouring countries.
The closure of the borders has restricted business activities between Nigeria and affected countries and has had negative impact on their respected economies.
The Nigeria government has earlier listed some conditions for the reopening of the borders to include:
“Any import coming from outside an ECOWAS region and imported into an ECOWAS member state must maintain its original packaging. They must be escorted from the port directly to the designated entry point in the Nigerian border, presented to the Nigerian customs with their original packaging. Compromises will not be tolerated.”
“Goods produced predominantly in ECOWAS member states must satisfy the ECOWAS rules of origin to avoid any possibility of downplay. Goods must be majorly produced in ECOWAS countries. If the goods are coming from outside ECOWAS, the value addition must be over 30 per cent for it to be accepted within the framework of the Economic Trade Liberalisation Scheme that ECOWAS countries have to promote trade among them. This is to avoid countries outside member states from exporting their goods into ECOWAS region repackaged, as though they are coming from an ECOWAS region.”
“All warehouses along the shared borders of Nigeria must be dismantled.”
“Goods being transported must be put in proper recognized packaging. No longer will we have goods of all shapes and sizes going through the borders. To maintain the best practices of those goods, an accepted condition for packaging will be established.”
“In regards to free movements of persons, all persons moving through Nigerian borders must present themselves through recognized entry points and must have recognized travel documents (country passport).”