The Nigerian Federal Government has approved reopening the Seme land border to facilitate the importation of vehicles.
Ibrahim Musa, the Director of Road Transport in the Ministry of Transportation, made this announcement on Wednesday.
During an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting between Nigerian and Benin Republic officials, Musa revealed that the decision was made in response to complaints from freight forwarders operating at the Seme border.
He stated, “In the presence of the former Minister of State for Transportation, the freight forwarders pleaded for the reactivation of the border to enable smooth movement of goods and services. The former minister instructed us to prepare a memo on the matter, which was duly considered and sent to the government.”
Likewise, Dera Nnadi, the Customs Area Controller of the Seme Border Command, expressed concern about the decline in revenue since the previous administration suspended vehicle imports through land borders.
Nnadi explained, “In response to our requests and those of stakeholders, the former Minister of Transportation assured us that he would present them to the Federal Executive Council (FEC). One of the requests was the full reopening of this border.
The Ministry has informed us that the memo has been written and adopted by FEC and will be handed over to the new government. He assured us that all the requests were approved.”