Nigerians continue to react to President Muhammadu Buhari’s four-border border reopening order on Wednesday evening.
In August last year, the government announced the closure of the border in a bid to curb smuggling of rice and weapons.
The government has repeatedly said that Kwalya paid for the soap to close the border.
The reopening of the border at this time came as a surprise and there was no reason given by the government for the reopening, although citizens have long hoped to see it.
But President Buhari’s media adviser, Garba Shehu, told the BBC that the borders had been reopened following a decision by a special commission set up by the president to close the border.
But Dr Abdurrazak Ibrahim Fagge, head of the Department of Economics at Yusuf Maitama Sule University in Kano, told the BBC that opening the borders was better.
Closing the border is a mistake
Dr Abdurrazak said many of the steps taken in the first place to close Nigeria’s borders were wrong because no country is currently closing its borders.
There are various steps that can be taken such as taxation and licensing and reducing the amount of what is being imported or exported.
Closing the border has caused a lot of problems and the government is aware of this, as recent figures from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) show a sharp decline in Nigeria’s trade.
Nigeria suffered disabilities in the 3rd quarter of last year with over N2 trillion.
Now it is time for the government to start importing oil from Niger so it has to open up.
Advantages and disadvantages of t a
Prior to the closure, there were small factories that transported goods to neighboring countries such as Niger and Chad, which were closed by the closure.
And now there are farmers who are forced to invest in agriculture, many people have invested in setting up rice mills so they are likely to fall into trouble.
Yet opening borders is a good thing because in the global economic system there is no question of closing borders.
But the government has to help the farmers by asking them for concessions because otherwise it will throw them in the trash.
How did Nigerians feel ?
It is usually a joy in every aspect especially for entrepreneurs and this is the way of life.
Many of the people interviewed by the BBC believe it is time for them to get back on track after a long struggle.
Complainants see life as a success because the market will open up and remove them from the pressures of life.
There are also those who think even in terms of security it can be easier, food will be easier.
Last year, President Buhari’s government said it had closed the country’s borders to curb smuggling, especially rice.
And the government, for its part, is trying to stop the smuggling of drugs and weapons that pose a threat to security.
But the move has attracted a lot of attention in the country and sparked controversy, with some supporting others and others not.
Leaders of Nigeria’s neighboring countries have long urged President Buhari to open the borders.
Food prices have plummeted, forcing many to return to farming and farmers to enjoy the benefits of subsistence farming.
But while analysts say nothing is lost on the opposite side of the spectrum, although the opening of the border is more beneficial there are those who see it as crippling entrepreneurs who have revived by closing the borders.
Currently, all the permitted borders are on the border with the Republic of Niger and Benin.