ECOWAS to investigate Nigeria’s border closure

According to Nigeria’s Presidency, West African countries have agreed to conduct an investigation into the impact of Nigeria’s decision last year to close off its land borders to trade.

Nigeria has banned the import and export of all goods through its land borders since last year’s August as part of what it describes as a campaign to tackle smuggling.

Heads of state from the Economic Community of West African States have agreed on Sunday night to set up a committee to study and make a full report on Nigeria’s land border closure with her neighbours.

Since taking office in 2015, Buhari has introduced policies aimed at curbing imports and smuggling, to boost local manufacturing.

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The move to shut the borders followed a decision in July to sign Nigeria up to an African Continental Free Trade Area, a project to create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc.

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