Amaechi inspects Seme-Karke Joint Border Post in Cotonoue




The  Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi(Middle) with
the Customs Area Controller, Mohammed Uba, during the minister's inspection tour of the JBP

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, inspected the Seme-Karke Joint Border Post(JBP) in Cotonoue  ahead of the Thursday’s meeting of Ministers of Transport, Infrastructure and Health of Benin Republic, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Cote D’Ivore which held in Cotonoue, Benin Republic.

He carried out the inspection in line with the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Transportation as Nigeria’s Focal point, which doubles as the Chair of the Joint Border Post Management Committee as provided in the Act setting up the JBP. 
The Ministry is also responsible for the maintenance of the facility.

Contained in a statement by Special Assistant to the Minister, Israel Ibeleme, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with the support of the European Union (EU) established the Joint Border Post for reasons of trade facilitation.

A remarkable point of the provisions of the JBP is to ensure removal of all checkpoints hindering trade facilitation along the Badagry-Seme border areas to enable free movement of people and trade in line with the relevant ECOWAS Protocols acceded to by ECOWAS Heads of States and Government.


According to the statement, “Federal Ministry of Transportation is Nigeria’s Focal point and doubles as the Chair of the Joint Border Post Management Committee in line with the Act setting up the JBP. The Ministry is also responsible for the maintenance of the facility.

For Benin Republic, its own focal point is the Ministry of Finance.

The statement also mentioned that “Operations at the JBP are carried out by select Border Agencies of both countries working with sub-committees which constitute a management committee of operatives chaired by the Customs Services of the two countries.                           

The Republic of Benin and Federal Republic of Nigeria as stipulated by the ECOWAS Act, have the responsibility of overseeing the general administration of Joint the border post.

Upon the handing over of the Facility to the two countries , the maintenance of facility , operations of the Joint border post, provision and maintenance of JBP operational and administrative equipment became their responsibility, the statement reads.