Federal Government Gives New Conditions
To Reopen Land Borders
The federal government has given conditions that
ECOWAS member states must adhere to before
reopening its land borders.
Geoffrey Onyeama, foreign affairs minister , gave
the conditions during the meeting of inter
ministerial committee on the temporary partial
closure of land borders held in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the conditions were spelt out by the
country’s inter-ministerial committee to protect
the nation’s economy .
Some of the conditions are:
Any import coming from outside an ECOWAS
region and imported into an ECOWAS member
state must maintain its original packaging.
They must be escorted from the port directly to
the designated entry point in the Nigerian
border, presented to the
Nigerian customs with their original packaging.
Compromises will not be tolerated.
Goods produced predominantly in ECOWAS
member states must satisfy the ECOWAS rules of
origin to avoid any possibility of downplay.
Goods must be majorly produced in ECOWAS
If the goods are coming from outside ECOWAS, the
value addition must be over 30 per cent for it to
be accepted within the framework of the
Economic Trade Liberalisation Scheme that
ECOWAS countries have to promote trade among
All warehouses along the shared borders of Nigeria
must be dismantled.
Goods being transported must be put in proper
recognized packaging. No longer will we have
goods of all shapes and sizes going through the
borders. To maintain the best practices of those
goods, an accepted condition for packaging will be
In regards to free movements of persons, all
persons moving through Nigerian borders must
present themselves through recognized entry
points and must have recognized travel
documents (country passport).
According to Onyeama there should be a tripartite
meeting with countries sharing its land borders to
be convened within the next two weeks to
address the conditions.
Onyeama said the meeting was under the directive
of President Muhammadu Buhari regarding the
border closure, stating that it was the desire of
President that the issues be addressed as quickly
“Within the next two weeks, a tripartite
committee is to be convened and hosted
here in Nigeria comprising a delegation, a
committee of Benin Republic, from Niger,
and from Nigeria,” he said.