The Ministry of Transportation’s Director of Road Transport, Ibrahim Musa, announced yesterday that the Federal Government has granted permission for the Seme border to resume vehicle imports.
During a meeting convened by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) between Nigerian and Beninese officials, Musa addressed concerns raised by freight forwarders operating at the Seme border.
As a response to their complaints, the government has taken the decision to reopen the border for vehicle importation.
The director, who spoke at the ECOWAS Monitoring Team’s visit to the Seme-Krake Joint Border Post, said: “I was here with the former Minister of State for Transportation when the Freight Forwarders pleaded that the border should be reactivated for the free movement of goods and services.
“The former minister made us prepare a memo to that effect. It was considered and sent to the government.”
Also speaking, the Customs Area Controller of Seme Border Command, Dera Nnadi said the service has noticed a reduction in its revenue since the importation of vehicles was banned from the land borders.
Nnadi said: “The former Minister of Transportation, responding to some of our requests and from the stakeholders, promised to take them to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, one of them is how to fully open this border.
“The Ministry has informed us that the memo has been written to FEC and it was adopted and that it would be given to the new government, he assured us that all the requests were adopted.”