Border Closure Paralyses Commercial Activities in Katsina
Residents of Katsina border communities ‘cry’ over sudden land border closure
Following the closure of Nigerian land borders nationwide by the federal government, commercial activities at the ever-busy Jibia/Niger Republic border in Katsina State have been paralysed.
This is even as businesses and business people and travelers are lamenting the serious hardship they are going through as a result of the government’s action.
The closure of the land borders, according to federal government was to stave off rising incidence of cross border banditry and smuggling bedeviling the country.
Businessmen, among them wholesale and retail shop owners, money changers, hoteliers, drivers, told Thisday correspondent that they were incurring losses as a result of blocked traffic at the border.
Some of the people who spoke to our sources said that they were yet to be briefed on the rationale behind the closure of the border while others are blaming the federal government for not informing before them embarking on this exercise.
They also appeal to government at all levels to look into the matter again with a view to addressing the hardship that we are passing through.
Recall that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recently said it would join other security and intelligence gathering agencies to conduct a joint border security exercise, codenamed “Ex-Swift Response”.
According to a press statement by the National Public Relation Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, made available to newsmen, the operation was part of measures put in place by the government to secure Nigeria’s land and maritime borders from smuggling and other nefarious activities.
Apart from NCS, other agencies include the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), among other security and intelligence agencies.