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Economic Hardship: Governor Urges Federal Govt To Reopen Borders | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Mar 11, 2024



The Governor of Kano State, Abba Yusuf, is soliciting the help of President Bola Tinubu in the reopening of the country’s borders.

He said this will allow the importation of food items into the country to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.

The appeal was contained in a statement on Monday issued by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sunusi Bature, after Mr Yusuf received the Controller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi, at the Government House in Kano.

Recall that Former President Muhammadu Buhari closed Nigeria’s borders to stop the importation of food products, particularly rice, and illegal arms and ammunition into Nigeria.

The governor lamented the federal government’s policy of border closure, which he described as one of the reasons for the hike in the price of commodities and the attendant hardship in the country.

Mr Yusuf also thanked the president for his intervention in the ongoing national food initiative.

He noted that consideration of Kano as the host for the initiative to be launched, if implemented, will cushion the effects of food scarcity.

Governor Yusuf emphasised the prevalent hardships faced by the populace, particularly during the sacred month of Ramadan, underscoring the necessity of opening the borders to alleviate their distress”, Mr Bature said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the governor expressed satisfaction with the Customs Service’s plan to distribute seized food items to the citizens of Kano.

He urged the Customs Service to ensure that distribution reaches those most affected.

Mr Adeniyi reiterated the significance of fortifying the bond between the Nigeria Customs Service and the Kano community, emphasising the Service’s deeper commitment to collaboration and mutual understanding.

He pledged to implement policies aimed at refining business processes and fostering engagement with stakeholders.

While in Kano interacting with various stakeholders, Mr Adeniyi also stated that the Service had made comprehensive arrangements to address the current challenges of food scarcity and hardship in Kano by distributing essential food items to the state’s residents, the statement said.

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