The Nigerian government said Wednesday that it discovered that countries were cheating the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The closing of the border, frankly speaking, is what we had to do and we had to do it. We cannot continue subsidizing the rest of West Africa. And I think the benefit of closing the border for me far exceeds the very small increase in inflation,” he said.
The minister said Nigeria had been able to save around 30 percent of fuel consumption after the border was closed. He said: “We have been able to save around 30 percent of our fuel consumption, which means that over time we have been subsidizing fuel consumption in other countries. In the last three months, we have been able to increase import tariffs raised by 15 percent.
“Within the same period and this is very important, we have been able to drastically reduce the volumes of weapons and ammunition that have been entering the country through smuggling, the same with illicit drugs. All Nigeria is saying, let’s respect the transit protocol.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that ECOWAS established a protocol on goods in transit that is very simple, if a container destined for Nigeria is dropped in Cotonou, the authorities of the Republic of Benin must escort the container to customs at the Seme border, and from that The corresponding right will be imposed to be paid.
“But, on the contrary, what we have seen and the protocol says, the seal cannot be broken, the container cannot be opened.
“But what has been going on over the years is that our neighbors will translate the container, place around five containers in a truck and take it to the border as if it were just a container on which they are going to pay taxes.”
“Worse, less than 50 percent of what is supposed for Nigeria will go through the approved border.”