Border Re-opening: We’re Making Progress On Consultations- Customs

On Tuesday, the Federal Government announced that it is in the process of conducting consultations regarding the reopening of the nation’s land borders with neighboring countries.

They are engaging in discussions with representatives from the affected countries to determine the way forward. Adewale Adeniyi, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, revealed this information while addressing State House correspondents at the presidential Villa in Abuja, following the inauguration of the National Single Window Project. He mentioned that he has been in communication with his counterparts from Benin Republic and Niger Republic.

Adeniyi highlighted that the issues that led to the border closures are under review, and measures are being explored to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

He commended President Bola Tinubu for his efforts in securing Nigeria’s economy, especially through the recently launched National Single Window Project. Adeniyi, a member of the Presidential Steering Committee overseeing the project’s implementation, expressed optimism about the progress being made in that regard.

“I am not really sure if Mr. President mentioned the word ‘border’ during the inauguration of the steering committee, but honestly, this provides us an opportunity to mention something because since the single window system is seen as a coordinated border management system.

“First, let me express my sincere delight and appreciation to Mr. President for making this happen. This is not the first time an attempt like this has been made, but over the years, we’ve had situations where some kind of power play has characterized the implementation of the single windows.

“So we’re happy that this time we have a situation where Mr. President has demonstrated commitment and a very strong will and these are very strong, critical success factors for implementation of any project, particularly a project like Single Window that is collaborative in nature.

“In terms of opening the land borders, consultations are already in progress, some of them are very high level. Over the last weekend, I had an interaction with my colleagues in Benin Republic, earlier I’ve gone to our borders with Niger Republic.

“We are looking at the issues that led to the closure of the border in the first instance and we are working to ensure that those things do not repeat themselves and I’m happy to say that we are making steady progress.

“We will continue to consult, we will continue to take guidance from Mr. President. Everything is to ensure that we have borders that are secured and hopefully with the deployment of Single Window at our ports and border stations, our borders will be more secured and we’re going to run them more efficiently”, he said.


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