Nigeria, Benin Republic To Ease Border Crossing Between Them

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By Umar Faruk Birnin Kebbi

Foreign ministers of Nigeria, Benin Republic have held bilateral talks on improving free flaw of trade and commerce.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Yusuf Tuggar, said the consultative forum was based on order by President Bola Tinubu and President, Patrice Talon of Benin Republic to strengthen social and economic interaction as well as expand trade and commerce between the citizens of the two nations.

“The meeting at the Segbana border post in Benin Republic is aimed at bringing the border crossing between Tsamiya in Nigeria and Anguwar Sule Wara in Benin Republic back to life through infrastructural development inline with renewed hope initiative of President Tinubu,” he said.

Foreign Affairs minister, said that further progress had been made on strengthening relations between the two sister West African nations.

In his remarks, the Comptroller- General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adewale-Adeniyi, said that the meeting was to advance the course of regional integration between the two countries already created by the two Presidents.

“For the past six months the Nigeria Customs Service has been working together with the Customs Service of Benin Republic towards bringing the economies of both nations closer together through easy border crossing and brining back to life the border post at Tsamiya and Anguwar Sule Wara.

” One of our challenges is infrastructure which we have embarked on improvement of facilities at the border for easy access of entry between the citizens of the nations,” he said.

Also speaking, Gov. Nasir Idris of Kebbi State, thanked the Presidents of the two countries for resuscitating free flow of trade and transportation of goods to various destinations within the two countries.

“Kebbi state has maintained good neighborliness with the Republic of Benin beneficial to both border communities and other residents on economic activities and social interaction,” he said.

Other officials at the meeting, Romuald Wadagni, Senior Minister, Ministry of Economy and Finance and Cooperation, Olushegun Adjadi-Bakaru, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Benin Republic and Mrs Adidjatou Hassan, General Director of the Benin Customs Service.

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