- To combat the issue of smuggling, President Buhari and President Talon of Benin have agreed to set up a joint committee
- Both presidents will also work with the Niger Republic on the issue
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, on Wednesday, July 25, agreed to set up a joint committee to combat smuggling.
NAIJ.com gathered that President Buhari disclosed this via his Twitter handle on Thursday, July 26, as he revealed that smuggling poses a significant economic and security risk to Nigeria.
Niger Republic would also be consulted in the workings of the committee which is believed to be a transit point in the concentric circle of smuggling of commodities, particularly rice, into Nigeria.
He said he would be working with President Talon and also with Niger Republic on the issue. The president said smuggling has continued to pose significant economic and security risks to Nigeria and the government will do whatever needs to be done to tackle it.
Meanwhile President Buhari, in a statement by the special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said: “We have succeeded in cutting the importation of rice into the country by about 90%.”
“When I got into office in 2015, the first thing I did was to visit all our neighbours; Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin Republic. It made both economic and security sense, because if you are in good terms with your neighbours, you ultimately spend less on both physical and food security.“
He pointed out that smuggled parboiled rice still finds its way into the country, thus vitiating the efforts of government, and discouraging farmers.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, President Muhammadu Buhari received the president of the republic of Namibia, H.E. Hage Gottfried Geingob at the State House.
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Geingob who arrived Nigeria for a one-day visit, met with Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, July 4.
The Namibian leader, who is visiting Nigeria for the first time since Buhari took over power in May 2015, arrived at the Presidential Villa at 3.05 pm.
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