FG opens National Freight Offices at strategic borders — AmaechiMay 26, 2016
Abuja – The Federal Government has established seven National Freight Offices (NFOs) at strategic borders, to check ineffective border management, a statement issued by the Ministry of Transportation has said.
The statement was signed by Mr Taiwo Shobajo, the media officer in the ministry and made available to the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
It said that the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, unveiled the development during the 5th Conference of Borderless Alliance held in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
NAN reports that private sector stakeholders formed the Borderless Alliance with a view to boosting trade across West Africa with increased benefits and it was formally inaugurated in May 2012.
According to the statement, Amaechi said that the NFOs will provide a one-stop- shop for the operation of various institutions and agencies that man the borders.
“Already, the NFO at illela in Sokoto state is 70 per cent completed while effort is being made to begin the construction of the NFO at Seme border, Badagry.’’
The minister listed other measures by the Federal Government to promote sub- regional trade links among ECOWAS countries.
They include the include establishment of Borders Information Centre (BICs), and sea and rail link projects and Rail links as well as others.
He said that the BIC project was carried out in conjunction with USAID and the West Africa Trade Hub (WATH), to give adequate information to cross-border traders, to effectively carry out seamless trade.
Amaechi, while assuring the organisation of the Federal Government’s support, urged Benin Republic to encourage all member states, including Nigeria, to invest in Cotonou.