The Seme land border which has been closed for some time has now been approved to be re-open by the Federal Government of Nigeria for the importation of vehicles.
Vanguard reported that Ibrahim Musa, the Director of Road Transport in the Ministry of Transportation, revealed this on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
Musa said that the development followed complaints by freight forwarder operating at the seme border, he said this when spoke at the ECOWAS meeting which was organised by officials of Benin Republic and Nigeria.
“I was here with the former Minister of State for Transportation when the freight forwarders pleaded that the border should be reactivated for the free movement of goods and services.
The former minister made us prepare a memo to that effect. It was considered and sent to the government,” Musa said.
Dere Nnadi , the Customs Area Controller of Seme Border Command also spoke at the event, he stated that there has been a reduction in revenue since importation of vehicles got suspended by the previous administration.
Nnadi stated this;
“The former Minister of Transportation, responding to some of our requests and from the stakeholders, promised to take them to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, one of them is how to fully open this border.
The Ministry has informed us that the memo has been written to FEC and it was adopted and that it would be given to the new government, he assured us that all the requests were adopted,”.