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The minister of state for Industry, Trade and Investment has on Monday revealed that the date for reopening of close borders will be revealed after a joint patrol team set up by Nigeria and its neighbouring countries submit its report.
The minister who made this disclosure while speaking with journalist on Monday revealed that the joint team is made up of Customs, Air Force and other security agencies of the countries.
President Muhammadu Buhari had explained that the borders were closed, to prevent smuggling of banned items.
The Minister said the recommendations would determine if Benin Republic and Niger Republic have complied with trade protocols of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“We had the strategic meeting with the three countries and what we agreed with our neighbors is to activate a joint border patrol and that border patrol comprising the customs, all the security agencies and ensure to try to follow the actual protocol laid by ECOWAS.
“The committee met on November 25 and it is only when that committee is certain that all the countries are respecting the ECOWAS protocol that they will recommend a day for the opening of the border,” Katagum said.