31.1 C
Abuja

Border closure: Nigerian rice now fresh, available – Buhari

Related

1min read

NIGERIA’S President Muhammadu Buhari has said that closure of the borders between Benin Republic and Niger has led to food security in Nigeria.  

Buhari spoke on Friday, June 11, during an exclusive interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Abuja.

It would be recalled that in August 2019, barely three months after signing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Nigeria closed its borders with neighboring countries such as Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad and Niger in a bid to stem influx of goods into the country.

President Buhari also directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to halt the provision of foreign exchange to businessmen for the importation of food, in a move to encourage the production and consumption of homegrown food.

The border closure was heavily criticised by many, and experts said it violated commercial and freedom of movement treaties signed under the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

However, the Nigerian president said the temporary closure led to a boost in the country’s revenue through customs levies, created opportunities for job creation and had brought about food security.

“There are people who left air-conditioned office and went back to the farm and that was positive for Nigeria. Now our own rice is fresh and available in the market,” Buhari said.

- Advertisement -

Although the borders have been reopened, Nigerians have, in recent times, expressed concern about soaring prices of commodities in the market.

Farmers say high cost of inputs, insecurity, farmer-herder crisis and poor logistics are responsible for rising  food inflation in the country.

 

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

Recent

Bauchi poly sacks two lecturers for ‘sexually assaulting’ female students

The Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi has terminated the appointments of two lecturers of the institution...

Eight years after, controversy and inflation slow down Ilesha-Baruba – Gwanara road project

By Dare AKOGUN Between 2013 and 2019, the Kwara State Government awarded contracts for major...

Tambuwal writes Buhari, seeks suspension of telecommunication blockade in Sokoto

SOKOTO State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to order the...

IPOB threatens lockdown during Anambra governorship election

  THE Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened a six-day lockdown of Anambra and...

Buhari urges ASUU, other unions to embrace dialogue during industrial disputes

  President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement