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EXAMINE THE EFFECT OF BORDER CLOSURE ON THE NIGERIA ECONOMY

(Last Updated On: 12th September 2021)

EXAMINE THE EFFECT OF BORDER CLOSURE ON THE NIGERIA ECONOMY 

   Closure of land borders, seaports and other means of entering a country is not only peculiar to Nigeria but to countries of the world, who at different time decide to partially or completely close her borders for various reasons best known to the government, even despite the inter-regional trade agreement.

            Several reasons had been put forward on why the country closed her border especially the closure of the Seme, Idiroko and Niger borders. The exercise, code-named, ‘Ex-Swift Response’, was being jointly conducted by the customs, immigration, police and military personnel and coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

            The president said the activities of the smugglers threatened the self-sufficiency already attained due to his administration’s agricultural policies:

“Now that our people in the rural areas are going back to their farms, and the country has saved huge sums of money which would otherwise have been expended on importing rice using our scarce foreign reserves and we cannot allow smuggling of the product at such alarming proportions to continue” .

            Other reason given by the federal government to closure of the country’s western border was to allow Nigeria’s security forces develop a strategy on how to stem the dangerous trend and its wider ramifications.

            Meanwhile, the continued closure of Nigeria’s borders with her closest West African neighbours has continued to generate reactions within and outside the country. It should be recalled that on August 22, 2019 many travellers were struck by the reality of the situation when they found themselves stranded, following the sudden closure of the busy Seme and Idiroko borders, which separated Nigeria and neighbouring Republic of Benin. (EXTRACTION).

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