The Federal Government on Wednesday restated the conditions under which its borders with neighbouring countries will be reopened.
The Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, and her counterpart in the Information and Culture Ministry, Lai Mohammed, said the conditions include strict compliance with the protocols all parties committed to respect.
Both Ministers spoke at the end of the weekly Executive Council of the Federation (FEC) meeting in Abuja on the closure of the Nigerian border by the Federal Government and the efforts to reopen it.
The Ministers said the decision to close the border was temporary, adding that discussions have indeed advanced between Nigeria and its neighbours on the possibility of reopening the borders soon.
“We expect that the outcomes of those discussions and agreements is that each party will respect the protocols we all committed to and then the borders will be open again,” Mrs Ahmed said.
“What we are doing is important for our economy. We signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) agreement.
“We have to make sure that we put in place checks to ensure our economy will not be overrun as a result of the coming into effect of the ACFTA.
“That is why we have this border closure to return to the discipline of respecting the protocols we all committed to.”