FG Gives Conditions For Reopening Borders As Nigeria’s Neighbours Groan

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SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 05 – The federal government has given conditions for the reopening of borders.

It insisted ECOWAS countries must respect rules of origin, vowing it Nigeria will no longer tolerate repackaging of imported goods.

It declared any good coming into the country from ECOWAS states must have 30% local inputs.

The federal government maintained that goods imported for Nigeria market must be escorted directly from the port of member states directly to the borders.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Godfrey Onyema stated these on Monday at the end of a committee meeting.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has extended the deadline for the first phase of the border closure exercise, otherwise codenamed ‘Ex-Swift Response’ till the 31st of January, 2020.

Spokesman of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) who is also the Spokesman for the Ex-Swift Response team, Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Joseph Attah, stated that only the deadline for the first phase of the operation has been extended till 31st of January, 2020; that this does not signal the end of the operation.

According to Joseph Attah, “An internal memo was issued to all field officers on the Ex-Swift Response operation, informing them that the first phase has been extended till 31st of January, 2020. This extension only serves for the first phase.

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