Closure of Nigerian borders (2)


Stranded Ghanain vans. PHOTO: Ghana Internet

IT is moderately obtrusive that the closure of Nigeria’s land borders with neighbouring nations can have been some distance higher treated. The slamming “with fast impact” smacked of a standard knee-jerk army way which hasn’t ever executed Nigeria any excellent.

The Federal Govt can have met with all stakeholders within the financial system to be sure that when taken, the measure can be a win-win for all slightly than seeming to discriminate in favour of farmers by myself. Producers also are necessary to the financial system, and so are different reputable cross-border traders.

Good enough consultations and arrangements can have averted large-scale losses. Who will compensate the ones compelled to lose income, particularly the LCCI, which may lose exhibitors from the sub-region on this 12 months’s Lagos Industry Honest?

Secondly, this closure can not bear endlessly. It needs to be lifted after a while. How are we making ready to be sure that we don’t go back to the established order after the bravura of unilateral border closure?

How are we reforming the Customs Carrier and rushing up our port operations to make Nigeria (slightly than Benin) the most popular vacation spot for reputable importers and exporters? How will we blank up the Apapa gridlock to ease the non-oil income corridors into the ports?

We inflicted the issues that resulted in the border closure on ourselves. Whilst our inept and corrupt port operations are best in a position to transparent 200,000 cars in line with 12 months, the Benin ports transparent over 400,000 cars of which over 80 in line with cent are smuggled into Nigeria.

If our Customs had been technologically-efficient the quantity of smuggling can be a lot much less and extra controllable. Benin Republic best exploited our inept and backward gadget to their very own benefit. With out addressing this factor we can be again to sq. one as quickly because the borders are reopened.

Why can’t we increase all our different ports out of doors Lagos, such because the seaports at Warri, Koko, Port Harcourt, Onne, Ibaka and Calabar? Why now not enforce our deserted river port tasks at Onitsha, Lokoja and Baro; and the dry ports and export processing zones to turn our seriousness as a farming, production and buying and selling country?

Mavens additionally advise that Nigeria will have to discover the potential of getting ECOWAS to undertake a commonplace Customs Union, together with the proposed commonplace foreign money to milk and proportion the overall advantages of belonging to a unified vast marketplace.

In all probability once we collectively take on the problems of smuggling, motion of products, other people and fingers in combination we may be able to do it higher than as gadgets.

It’s not but too past due for the Federal Govt to sit down in conjunction with mavens and related stakeholders to undertake everlasting answers to our Customs, smuggling, safety and migration demanding situations to be sure that when the borders are reopened they are going to now not be close any time quickly.



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