MAN advocates for a holistic approach that will address the root cause of the problem and provide mutually reinforcing solutions rather than a border closure which is not a sustainable solution to the challenge of trade distortions and abuse of economic protocols by neighboring countries in the region.
Engr Mansur Ahmed, the President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) stated this in the position of the Association on the reopening of land border closure which was sent to The AmehNews. According to the statement, the leadership of the Association in it wisdom recommends the following as possible solutions while the directive of land border closure is being lifted:
- Establish joint border patrols with neighboring countries involving police, customs, immigration, navy and state security services of the countries;
- Invest in new technology that will improve accountability and transparency and enhance efficiency in the operations of customs services;
- Strengthen the coordination among the regulatory agencies to ensure that they share trade information and timely review trade policies;
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- Diplomatically engage the Government of Niger and Benin Republic on trade data sharing and ensure that containers in transit to Nigeria are not offloaded into trucks and smuggled into Nigeria;
- Establish a clear and enforceable legal and regulatory framework with stiffer penalties to deter potential offenders.
Nevertheless, MAN wishes to commend the Federal Government on the various initiatives and policies, especially the economic sustainability plan introduced in a bid to ensure that the nation’s economy recovers swiftly from the global economic distress aggravated by COVID-19 pandemic.
The Captioned Photo: The President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Engr Mansur Ahmed