TICAD7-----Nigeria border closed with Benin partially closed due to smuggling --Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 28, said the reason why Nigeria border with the Republic of Benin is partially closed is to curb smuggling activities
- The president said illegal import of rice through the border is affecting his agricultural policies that are targeted at self-sufficiency
- Buhari, however, said that to lessen the hardship the closure has caused the Beninese people, he will think about opening it soon
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 28, explained the reason for the partial closure of Nigeria’s border with the Benin republic.
Vanguard reports that the president said the closure was based on the fact that there are massive smuggling activities, especially of rice, happening at the border.
Buhari made this known during his side meeting with the president of Benin, Patrice Talon, at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7) in Japan.
The president expressed great grief over the fact that rice smuggling threatens his administration agricultural policies which have tried to ensure self-sufficiency.
He said: “Now that our people in the rural areas are going back to their farms, and the country has saved huge sums of money which would otherwise have been expended on importing rice using our scarce foreign reserves, we cannot allow smuggling of the product at such alarming proportions to continue.”
The president’s media aide, Femi Adesina, also said that the closure will allow the nation’s security forces to come up with a better plan on how to combat the trend.
It is good the way they close it
Hmm this is very bad.