The members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) have presented the Nigerian border closure as a temporary solution to a long term problem.
This view was presented at the Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CICAN) End of Year Workshop.
At the workshop which was themed “Impact of Border closure on the Real Sector Business: Way forward in 2020,” It was noted that the border closure has been advantageous to the rice farmers, while the citizens have been at a disadvantage.
The Managing Director of NISPO, Mr. Afam Ukatu, who is also the National Chairman of the Non-Metallic Mining Group of MAN in his speech inquired why the customs should wait for border closure pronouncement from the government before taking stringent steps to curb smuggling. He debunked the view that the border closure is a solution and recommended a proper policy instrument that will check and track illicit trade at the borders.
According to Mr. Ukatu, no country in the world exists in isolation, but strong and adequate policies are put in place and also enforced properly.
He made an example of China, which has equipment such as scanners at its land borders and numerous checkpoints that would not allow illicit trade to thrive.