JUST IN: FG reopens Seme border for vehicle importation

President Tinubu

The reopening of the Seme border to automobile imports has received governmental approval.

This was stated by Ibrahim Musa, the director of road transportation in the ministry of transportation, during a meeting of the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, that was arranged between Nigerian and Beninese authorities.

Musa claimed that the change came about as a result of complaints from freight forwarders working at the Seme border.

The director, who spoke at the ECOWAS Monitoring Team’s visit to the Seme-Krake Joint Border Post, said: “I was here with the former Minister of State for Transportation when the Freight Forwarders pleaded that the border should be reactivated for the free movement of goods and services.

“The former minister made us prepare a memo to that effect. It was considered and sent to the government.”

Also speaking, the Customs Area Controller of Seme Border Command, Dera Nnadi said the service has noticed a reduction in its revenue since the importation of vehicles was banned from the land borders.

Nnadi said: “The former Minister of Transportation, responding to some of our requests and from the stakeholders, promised to take 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 FEC and it was adopted and that it would be given to the new government, he assured us that all the requests were adopted.”


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