The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the immediate reopening of four of Nigeria’s land

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the immediate reopening of four of Nigeria’s land borders.
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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, said rice and poultry products remained banned.
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The FEC meeting was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Buhari, who is currently on a private visit to his hometown, Daura, in Katsina State, participated in the meeting virtually.
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Groups, including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  the Poultry Association of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, in their separate reactions to the President’s decision,  said government must ensure proper monitoring of borders to prevent smuggling.
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The Federal Government had in August 2019 closed its land borders to curtail smuggling.
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The four affected borders, according to the minister, are Seme border in South- West, Ilela border in the North- West, Mfun border in the South-South and Maigatari border in the North-West.
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She said others would be reopened on or before December 31, 2020.
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She added that the ban on the importation of commodities such rice and poultry products was still in force despite the reopening.
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Ahmed said, “I am here to report that the President approved the recommendations of the committee that I chaired with the Minister of Trade and Investment, Minister of Interior, Minister of Foreign Affairs, National Security Adviser and Comptroller-General of Customs as members.
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“This committee was mandated to review and advise on the reopening of the Nigerian borders and after recommendations, the President approved the reopening of four land borders, namely Seme in the South-West, Ilela in the North-West, Maitagari in the North-West of the country and Mfun in the South-South.
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“So, these four land borders will be reopened immediately while the remaining borders are directed to be reopened on or before December 31, 2020.
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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the immediate reopening of four of Nigeria’s land borders.
.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, said rice and poultry products remained banned.
.
The FEC meeting was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Buhari, who is currently on a private visit to his hometown, Daura, in Katsina State, participated in the meeting virtually.
.
Groups, including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Poultry Association of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, in their separate reactions to the President’s decision, said government must ensure proper monitoring of borders to prevent smuggling.
.
The Federal Government had in August 2019 closed its land borders to curtail smuggling.
.
The four affected borders, according to the minister, are Seme border in South- West, Ilela border in the North- West, Mfun border in the South-South and Maigatari border in the North-West.
.
She said others would be reopened on or before December 31, 2020.
.
She added that the ban on the importation of commodities such rice and poultry products was still in force despite the reopening.
.
Ahmed said, “I am here to report that the President approved the recommendations of the committee that I chaired with the Minister of Trade and Investment, Minister of Interior, Minister of Foreign Affairs, National Security Adviser and Comptroller-General of Customs as members.
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“This committee was mandated to review and advise on the reopening of the Nigerian borders and after recommendations, the President approved the reopening of four land borders, namely Seme in the South-West, Ilela in the North-West, Maitagari in the North-West of the country and Mfun in the South-South.
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“So, these four land borders will be reopened immediately while the remaining borders are directed to be reopened on or before December 31, 2020.

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