OrderPaperToday – The governments of Nigeria and Niger have launched the Zamfara-Sokoto-Kebbi-Tahoua cross border trade route on Tuesday, many years after it was conceived.
The event, which took place at the Sokoto Government House, had in attendance Governors Aminu Tambuwal, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Sokoto and Kebbi states, as well as Abdulrahman Musa of Tahoua region of Niger Republic.
Also at the event were dplomats from the two countries’ external affairs ministries.
Gov Tambuwal in his speech stated that the launching of the trade corridor was another landmark achievement of the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission, which aim is to ensure growth and economic development of the two countries.
He disclosed that the initiative will positively redress the challenges experienced by the country’s cross- border traders such as road harassment, multiple and sometimes illegal check points, unnecessary delays and unlawful charges at the borders.
Tambuwal therefore enjoined all stakeholders to ensure faithful implementation of the project so as to ensure full realization of its primary objectives which include serving as catalyst for free flow of goods and boosting of trade transactions within the corridor.
He reassured the federal government that Sokoto state would support the initiative by investing in infrastructural project along the new trade route.