Governor Masari begs Nigerian govt to reopen Katsina-Niger border

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has called on the Federal Government and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to reopen the Nigeria/Niger Republic border in the Jibia local government area of the state so that economic activities can pick up.

Masari who made the appeal at the January edition of the Customs/Community Consultative Forum held at the Conference Hall of Katsina Motel, said the closure of the border which was meant to end smuggling and other illegal commercial activities in the area, has not been able to achieve its aim.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Dr Mustapha Muhammed Inuwa, Masari said the NCS should understand that they are supposed to “serve the people and make border areas to be able to genuinely improve the economy.”

However, while the federal government had since reopened other land borders across the country, the Jibia border is yet to be opened, causing untold hardships to traders and commuters in the state,” he added.

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