Nigeria reopens selected land borders with others to follow by Dec 31 2020. The four immediately affected borders are Seme (South-west), Ilela (North-west), Maitagari (North-west part ) and Mfun (South-south). Nigeria’s finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed the policy shift to newsmen after this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
“So, these four land land borders will be reopened immediately while the remaining borders are directed to be reopened on or before 31st of December, 2020. Mr. President has also directed on the reopening of the borders that while others are being reopened, the ban on importation of rice, poultry and other banned products still subsists and will be implemented by border patrol team.”
I personally think that 2021 will be a great year for innovators in Nigeria; this is a good call by the government, as many of us have asked for the largely poor land border policy to be reversed. The question remains: what did Nigeria accomplish with this land border closure? We keep scoring own-goals!