Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic will set up a date for the opening of the
borders, the countries said on Thursday.
tripartite committee of the three countries on border closure.
who read a communique at the end of a four-hour meeting, said the team will
advise on modalities for a joint border patrol.
consensus on mechanisms towards re-opening of the border.
place certain mechanisms that would enable us to open the borders; there was
consensus on that.
border patrol so the three countries would send a list of officers that would
be part of the joint border patrol team.
are going to meet on November 25 and 26.
implementing the whole regime of anti-smuggling regulations that have been
agreed upon. After the two-day meeting, we are hoping they would be able to
recommend formally for the re-opening of the borders.”
meeting, he said they include the “Establishment of a Monitoring and Evaluation
Committee” of the three countries, comprising of ministers of Finance, Trade,
Foreign Affairs, Customs, Immigration and National Security Adviser (NSA), with
the mandate to ensure actions that would facilitate and enhance the suppression
of smuggled goods and other related matters.
Evaluation Committee is to ensure the full implementation of the adopted
mandate of the joint anti-smuggling human trafficking g committee.
Committee among the three countries, comprising ministers of Finance and Trade
in order to promote intra-regional trade among the three countries as well as
put in place sanctions against smuggling of goods. “To ensure persons from the
three countries enter/exit each other’s states with valid ECOWAS recognised
travel documents through recognised controlled posts.”
of the mandate of the committee which includes inter alia, measures and actions
that would facilitate and enhance the suppression of rice smuggling and other
prohibited items along with breed of the three countries.”
“The meeting deliberated on the myriad of challenges faced by the three
countries, especially in the areas of smuggling of goods and services that are
not approved under the protocols on ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS),
Free Movement of Persons without valid ECOWAS travel documents, as well as
plethora of illegal warehouses along the border corridors.
acknowledged smuggling of goods as well as human trafficking as a collective
violation of ECOWAS Protocols on ETLS and free movement that pose severe
economic and security threats to infra-regional trade and free movement.
reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing economic integration.”
concerns that led to border closure is being addressed, Onyeama said: “We
believe if all the commitments that were made today by the three countries were
kept, going forward, the problem would be minimal compared to what it is.”
Onyeama noted, “The impact is been severe, border closure always has an impact,
at the end of the day, it is about the mischief we are addressing.
area of food security and also security itself through smuggling of small
weapons and light arms and human trafficking. The mischief we are addressing is
much more important than the cost. The costs are high, the benefits are high.”
Commissioner in Ghana is engaging with the government of Ghana over the threat
to Nigerian traders.
is engaging with the government of Ghana, we are in touch, the ministry of
foreign affairs with the leadership of the Nigerian traders in Accra, Ghana and
there is no threat as we understand it, to their physical safety.”