Nigeria and Benin Republic Discuss Reopening of Segbana-Tsamiya Border to Boost Trade

The Nigerian government has met with counterparts from the Benin Republic to plan the reopening of the Segbana-Tsamiya border post in Kebbi State, aiming to enhance regional integration and boost economic activities.
The Nigerian delegation included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Tuggar; Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Nasir Idris; Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi; Director of Home Finance at the Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Ali Mohammed; and Dr. Dakorinama Alabo George, Director General of the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA).
During the inter-ministerial meeting, comprehensive discussions focused on logistics, security measures, and the economic impact of reopening the border.
According to a statement by Nigeria Customs Service Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abdullahi Maiwada, feasibility studies presented during the meeting outlined the expected benefits and potential challenges of the border reopening, emphasizing the importance of setting timelines and identifying necessary infrastructure for smooth operation.
Comptroller-General Adeniyi highlighted the collaborative efforts with the Beninese Customs Administration, aiming to improve trade flow and commercial activities through Northern Borders. “The engagement between the two countries will enhance economic relations and facilitate easy border crossing with goods,” he said.
Director General of the Benin Customs Administration, Adidjatou Hassan, praised the initiative, stating it would strengthen trade activities and bilateral ties. She emphasized the commitment to maintaining seamless collaboration and enhancing border security and trade activities.
Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf Tuggar noted that the forum was formed under directives from Presidents Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Patrice Talon to expand trade and commercial ties. Kebbi State Governor Nasir Idris expressed gratitude for the presidential initiatives, highlighting the longstanding economic and social interactions between the two nations.
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