Reopen Kwara, Niger Borders, KWACCIMA Begs Federal Govt

Tue May 17th, 2022 - Kwara

Kwara State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA) on Tuesday, stressed the need for the federal government to reopen the Chikanda and Barbara borders located along Kwara and Niger States.

The body said that reopening of the borders will promote trade along the corridors.

Addressing a press conference heralding the planned 62nd Annual General Meeting/Conference of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) holding in Ilorin between May 25-27, 2022, the KWACCIMA president, Olalekan Ayodimeji, said that traders and people in the affected communities were groaning over the border closure.

He noted that the people’s means of livelihood were daily being impacted by the border closure in the affected two states, adding that
the development had impacted negatively on the business community.

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“We were told that the border was closed because of security and that arms and ammunitions were being pushed into Nigeria through our borders and thus the need to curtail the situation and close the borders.

“The federal government also said that some people take PMS at cheaper cost across Nigerian border to sell at higher cost outside the country, thereby jeopardising the nation’s economy because the fuel sellers get subsidy from federal government.

“So, the federal government is in the best position to analyse the success of the closures. But for all of us in the business community, of course, closing the border would affect us, because our people do a lot of trans-border businesses on those corridors. And some of them are mainly informal, which we appeal to government to help us formalise and even help the government by so doing. To us, border closure has affected us negatively,” he said.




source: Leadership