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Buhari’s minister hints at reopening of land borders


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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has said that the government could reopen the land borders soon.

Recall that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) ordered the closure of the borders in August 2019 in order to check illegal importation of drugs, small arms and agricultural products into country from neighbouring West African nations.

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However, in an interview with State House correspondents on Wednesday, Ahmed said the presidential committee set up on the matter has completed its job and has recommended the reopening of the borders.

She said the committee would soon submit its report to Buhari following which a formal pronouncement would be made on the matter.

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The minister did not, however, disclose when the report will be submitted and how soon the land borders will be reopened.

More to come…