- John Mahama has called on the Nigerian government to reopen its land borders for economic activities
- The Nigerian government ordered the closure of the land borders from August 2019
- According to the Nigeria authorities, the decision is to check smuggling and other security reasons
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Former president John Dramani Mahama has expressed displeasure over the continuous closure of the Nigeria border to economic activities by neighboring countries.
According to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, the unilateral closure of the borders by Nigeria is a worrying development for the growth of free trade in the ECOWAS sub-region.
Speaking at the 7th Realnews Magazine Anniversary Lecture in Nigeria, Mahama noted that, Nigeria must, instead of closing its borders to traders, “strengthening its institutions and systems that are responsible for preventing the importation of illegal or prohibited goods”.
He further stated that the absolute closure of the Nigeria borders is having severe toll on many businesses, especially in Togo, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.
“I am sure that businesses in Nigeria that rely on supplies from these countries are also suffering,” he added.
The Nigerian authorities on August 22, suddenly closed the the busy Seme and Idiroko borders with Benin.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said the border was closed to stop smuggled rice from entering the country.
Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa, is home to the headquarters of the ECOWAS Commission.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, Dr. Charles Wereko Brobbey said the government's decision to buy aircrafts is an abuse of power.
He opined that it is wrong for government to go buying planes when the decision to have a new national airline is yet to be agreed and finalised.
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