Nigeria’s decision to open closed borders for the Dangote group and “a few” others, while a large number of companies are banned from using the borders, has been described as an unfair and reckless practice.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, Worldwide, following the decision, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to reopen the country’s borders with neighboring countries without further delay.
Igbo youth disapproved of what they described as the “leverage exemptions graciously granted to the Dangote Groups and few others by the Buhari government, either to ‘export or import’ across closed borders. The OYC statement released on Friday was signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General; Comrade Obinna Achionye, Vice President and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, Secretary General. Describing the government’s action as unfair and reckless, the group said it was an accusation of nepotistic corruption and favoritism on the part of the current administration, adding that the majority of abuses perpetrated at ports and borders are carried out through waivers. government specials.
The youth organization described the surge in smuggling across the country’s borders as worrisome. OYC called “May Buhari take appropriate measures to ease tensions and slightly open our borders with strict restrictions and regulations to prevent incessant sabotage by smugglers to flood our markets with foreign products during this festive period without the government getting revenue.”
OYC insisted that the Seme border has been closed for too long, adding that the closure by the Federal Government was aimed at controlling smuggling and economic sabotage, but “Unfortunately, smugglers took advantage of the prolonged closure to develop a thousand bush roads from which cars, foreign rice, boats laden with birds and frozen food come into the country from Cotonou every night.” OYC added that
“The Buhari government should know that it is time to reopen our borders because smuggling has been taken to the next level.” The government is losing huge revenue. FG should pressure the Republic of Benin to adopt tariffs or jointly monitor goods entering from Cotonou ports to Nigeria. “ Renowned banker and founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Atedo Peterside, had accused the federal government of being biased in allowing Dangote Cement to resume exports across land borders.
This was after Bloomberg reported that Dangote resumed cement exports to Niger and Togo for the first time in 2020 through authorization granted by the Buhari-led administration. This is despite the closure of land borders ordered by Buhari.