The Vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that plans are being made for the reopening of the land borders.
In October 2019, the land borders were closed down by President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to curb the smuggling of goods and services into the country.
However, almost a year later after the closing down, it has been revealed that the borders will soon be reopened. Osinbajo disclosed this while speaking at webinar organized by the Africa Report.
He disclosed that the federal government was working hand-in-hand with the government of the neighbouring countries towards opening the borders.
“We are working with our neighbours to see on what terms we would reopen those borders. At the moment, we are undertaking joint border patrols to control smuggling along the borders and we think it is working and I am sure that soon enough we should have the borders opened,” he said.
“We are committed to the AfCFTA but we are concerned about threats to security and the economy and we had to take certain actions that would satisfy the immediate needs of our country. It (border closure) certainly wasn’t meant to be permanent and we are looking forward to reopening as quickly as possible.”