Nigeria orders reopening of four land borders, ban on rice, others still in force
Nigeria has ordered the reopening of its land borders with immediate effect, 16 months after the borders were closed by the government to curb smuggling and insecurity.
The decision was taken at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday.
The government said four land borders include Seme Border in the Southwest, Ilela Border in the Northwest, Mfun Border in the Southsouth and Maigatari Border in the Northwest are to be opened.
Announcing the reopening, the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed said restriction on the importation of some commodities, like rice and other products, would continue to be enforced.
Ahmed said the other land borders will be reopened subsequently.
Nigeria had in August 2019 closed its land borders to curb illegal importation of drugs, small arms and agricultural products into the country from neighbouring West African nations.