Border Closure …The Benin Experience
The current shut down of the Nigerian land borders has inflicted severe agonies on both the Nigerian citizens and Beninois people notwithstanding.
The Benin nation has become engulfed with hardships that some of the people are reportedly falling sick of High Blood Pressure.
Speaking in a telephone interview with our correspondent Sandra Ukele, the Secretary General of Benin Licensed Clearing Agents Federation, Mr. Jude Fagbemy said the goods stuck at the border are 60 per cent Nigerian products. This is about 1500 trucks stuck at the border point.
Mr. Fagbemy affirms that due to the blockage, truck drivers and transporters have turned the area into a defecation point where they excrete and urinate indiscriminately. This he says may lead to an outbreak of epidemic.
Asked if Benin republic is ready to increase the quality of it’s produce, Secretary General has this to say:
“That is a normal something. Nigeria should allow those trucks to enter. What are they going to do with 1500 trucks?”
He laments that many Beninois citizens are falling sick to the High Blood Pressure disease due to the shock of the border closure.
He therefore calls on the Nigerian government to show more consideration by giving time before the closure of the trade section. He appeals to the Nigerian government to allow a month for goods to enter through Nigeria before elongating the policy.
This he claims would afford them more time to improve on their products. According to him:
“We are begging our leaders (Nigerian government) to give us some time maybe a month.
“They could give us from January 1st to 31st to organise ourselves before the elongation of the policy.
“We are clearing agents that are part of the protocol, we would know how to talk to our people,” he claims.
Pix 1: Mr. Jude Fagbemy, Secretary General, Benin Licensed Clearing Agents Federation.