Kano Governor Urges President Tinubu to Reopen Land Borders to Alleviate Food Crisis

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Governor Abba Kabir-Yusuf of Kano State has called on President Bola Tinubu to consider reopening the country’s land borders in a bid to address the ongoing food crisis and enhance food security nationwide.

During a courtesy visit by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, on Monday in Kano, Kabir-Yusuf emphasized the importance of reopening the borders to mitigate the harsh economic conditions faced by Nigerians. He suggested that this action would help curb inflation and reduce the prices of essential food items.

“We appreciate the president’s intervention in the ongoing national food initiative. He considers Kano as the host for the initiative ahead of its planned launch, believing that the program will alleviate the effects of food scarcity if implemented,” Kabir-Yusuf stated.

He further advocated for immediate measures, such as reopening the borders and allowing free importation of commodities, to ensure food availability and affordability for the population.

While endorsing the Customs’ food distribution scheme, Kabir-Yusuf urged vigilance to prevent the diversion of commodities.

Additionally, the governor pledged continued support to the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to facilitate the effective discharge of its mandate.

In his remarks, Adeniyi emphasized the importance of synergy between the Customs Service and the Kano community, underscoring the commitment of the NCS to deeper collaboration and mutual understanding. He pledged to implement policies aimed at streamlining business processes and fostering engagement with stakeholders.

It is noteworthy that consultations are ongoing regarding the reopening of borders, with President Tinubu having the prerogative to make the final decision. Adeniyi reiterated this during an interactive session with members of the Kongolam border community in Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State.

These discussions come amidst growing calls for border reopening to alleviate economic hardships and address food insecurity across the country.


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