OrderPaperToday – Senator Abba Moro (PDP, Benue) has opposed the closure of Nigeria’s land borders by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The closure was in response to the persistent smuggling of products into the country which is negatively affecting the Nigerian economy.
But speaking on Wednesday during plenary on a motion sponsored by Senator Adamu Aliero, Moro said: “We are administering a wrong dose of medicine for a sickness that can kill us. Closing our borders is the least of our options. We have 87 legal borders and over 1900 illegal routes into Nigeria. Most of the actions are on the spontaneity of the time.”
Explaining the negative consequences of the closure, the Benue Senator who was a former Minister of Interior said: “We are more of a consuming country than manufacturing so the problem is on our people. When we close the legitimate routes, those who do legitimate businesses are stranded at the crossfire.”
Corroborating Moro’s positions, the minority leader, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) urged the Customs and Immigration Services to liaise with Senator Moro on effective measures to take.
Abaribe alleged that some officials in customs and immigration are colluding with smugglers at the borders.
“What is the job of customs and immigration? What has led to this is the failure of those people doing their jobs. It means it is an organized racket,” he said.
The Abia Senator urged the government to take over the West African market by exporting more goods than relying solely on importation.