Federal Government Approves Border Reopening

The Director of Road Transport in the Ministry of Transport, Ibrahim Musa, yesterday disclosed that the Federal Government has approved the reopening of the Seme border for the importation of vehicles.

Speaking at the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, meeting held between officials from Nigeria and Benin, Musa said the development followed complaints by freight forwarders operating at the Semey border.

The director, speaking during the ECOWAS surveillance team’s visit to the Seme-Krake joint border post, said: “I was here with the former Minister of State for Transport when the hauliers were arguing for the border to be reactivated for the free movement of goods and services.

The former minister had us prepare a note to this effect.

It was considered and forwarded to Govt.

Also speaking, Seme Border Command Customs Area Controller Dera Nnadi said the service has seen its revenue drop since the import of vehicles was banned from the land border.

Nnadi said: “The former transport minister has responded to some of our requests and those of stakeholders.

Promises to bring them to the Federal Executive Council, FEC.

One of them is how to fully open this border.

“The ministry has informed us that the memo has been written to the FEC and has been adopted and will be given to the new government, they assured us that all requests have been accepted.”






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