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ECOWAS lawmakers still concerned with border closure despite response

Lawmakers in the sub-regional Community Parliament continue to express serious reservations about the continuous border closure by Nigeria with Niger and Benin despite attempts by their colleague from Nigeria to explain that it is temporary to check smuggling and rice importation.

First Deputy Speaker of the Community Parliament, Ahmed Wase and his colleagues during the presentation of the country report addressed a lot of the concerns raised by their colleagues on the border closure.  

Majority of questions posed to the President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude K. Brou, when he presented the state of the Community report to the Parliament, had to do with what the Commission was doing to address the border closure by Nigeria.

In response, he noted, that there is no doubt that the border closure is having an impact, “for us we are not concerned about who to blame, when you are confronted with a problem you should look at ways of addressing it”.

Again, we have a lot of initiatives adopted to address the situation; we have made contacts and it is not everything that is put in the public domain.

“The Commission is assisting to ensure there is a way out of this situation to ensure that the issues are identified and address major concerns quickly to the satisfaction of all the parties, as much as possible”, he stated.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com/Abuja  

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