According to government officials, Nigeria will reopen four border crossing points, more than a year after closing its land frontiers to crack down on smuggling. The nation closed its land borders last year to curb smuggling of rice and arms, as these activities threatened efforts to boost local production and security, as well as to generate state revenues through import duties.
The government at a cabinet meeting approved the reopening of Seme border to the South West, Illela and Maigatari border in the North West and Mfun in the South. The others will be reopened on December 31. It kept restrictions on rice import and some other products.
Last month, the government ratified its membership of the African free-trade zone due to be launched in January, after initial reluctance to join the bloc for fear of exposing local industries to dumping by countries outside Africa.
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