Stakeholders in the manufacturing sector, including the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria’s Export Group and the

Stakeholders in the manufacturing sector, including the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria’s Export Group and the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Wednesday, took a swipe at the Federal Government over prolonged closure of borders.
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The export group of MAN and the ACCI, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, reviewed the closure of land borders since August 20, 2019 by the Federal Government and concluded that uncertainty it created was bad for the economy.
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But the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, in an interview with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive meeting on Wednesday, said the committee on border closure set up by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would soon submit its report.
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She also assured Nigerians that the borders would soon be reopened.
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Recall that on August 20, 2019, the government closed land borders  to stop smuggling  and encourage local production.
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It also demanded that neighbouring countries should check smuggling from their own ends as part of the conditions for reopening the borders.
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The President set up a  ministerial committee consisting of Ahmed, her counterpart for interior, Rauf Aregbesola; the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey J Onyeama, as well as heads of immigration and customs to review the decision.
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But more than a year after it was set up, the committee has yet to submit its report to the President.
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Discussions over border closure came to the fore on Wednesday  as stakeholders assessed its impact on the economy, which had been hit by a recession.
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Prolonged border closure discourages long-term investment – MAN Export Group
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The President of MAN’s Export Group, Chief Ede Dafinone, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said that the uncertainty surrounding the prolonged border closure affected investment decisions of manufacturers.
Stakeholders in the manufacturing sector, including the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria’s Export Group and the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Wednesday, took a swipe at the Federal Government over prolonged closure of borders.
.
The export group of MAN and the ACCI, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, reviewed the closure of land borders since August 20, 2019 by the Federal Government and concluded that uncertainty it created was bad for the economy.
.
But the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, in an interview with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive meeting on Wednesday, said the committee on border closure set up by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would soon submit its report.
.
She also assured Nigerians that the borders would soon be reopened.
.
Recall that on August 20, 2019, the government closed land borders to stop smuggling and encourage local production.
.
It also demanded that neighbouring countries should check smuggling from their own ends as part of the conditions for reopening the borders.
.
The President set up a ministerial committee consisting of Ahmed, her counterpart for interior, Rauf Aregbesola; the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey J Onyeama, as well as heads of immigration and customs to review the decision.
.
But more than a year after it was set up, the committee has yet to submit its report to the President.
.
Discussions over border closure came to the fore on Wednesday as stakeholders assessed its impact on the economy, which had been hit by a recession.
.
Prolonged border closure discourages long-term investment – MAN Export Group
.
The President of MAN’s Export Group, Chief Ede Dafinone, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said that the uncertainty surrounding the prolonged border closure affected investment decisions of manufacturers.
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