Nigeria: Borders may open to trade by end of January 2020

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The recent closure of Nigeria’s borders to trade may come to an end in January, report revealed on Monday.

According to the report, this was gathered from Joseph Attah, the spokesman of the Nigerian Customs Service.

In a phone conversation on Sunday, the customs spokesman told journalists that, ‘The operation is in phases, it will continue until the set objective is attained.’

He explained that the ‘present phase’ of the closure would end on January 31, 2020. Attah also noted that this will not mark the end of the closure.

In a private memo to colleagues, Victor Dimka, the customs service comptroller for enforcement described the closure operation as an ‘overwhelming success’, report also confirms.

Nigeria had launched a partial border closure in August to stamp out smuggling of rice and other goods. But last month the head of customs announced that all trade through land borders was halted indefinitely.

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