Nigerian borders to remain closed till the end of January 2020

Economic governance
Tuesday, 05 November 2019 16:27
Nigerian borders to remain closed till the end of January 2020

(Togo First) - Nigeria has decided to keep its borders closed until the end of January 2020, Ecofin Agency reports citing a memo released at the end of the past week.

The document which was cited by Nigerian media The guardian indicates that "it is observed that despite the overwhelming success of the operation particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are yet to be achieved."

"Against this background, Mr. President has approved an extension of the exercise to January 31, 2020," it adds.

Let it be recalled that Nigeria had explained its decision to close its doors to its neighbors saying it aims to counter smuggling of food products, like rice (which is mainly imported through the border with its neighbor Benin).

Let's also stress that this is not the first time the closure date has been extended.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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