The Nigerian government says the country is recording significant gains in security in the North West region as arms and ammunitions no longer make their way through the land border.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who said this when he led a Federal Government delegation to the Magama/Jibia Border in Katsina State, also impacted significantly on fuel consumption in the country.
The Federal Government delegation is in Katsina State in continuation of the assessment of the border drill across the geopolitical zones of the country.
The Minister and his team met with the joint security officials who briefed them on the situation around the border.
One very noticeable sight along the border is the number of fuel stations alleged to have been engaging in smuggling of petroleum products to neighbouring countries a situation government said has drained the country’s revenue earnings.
Mohammed announced that the closure of the land borders is yielding positive results in strengthening security in the North West region as it has prevented the proliferation of arms and weapons into Nigeria.
The Minister noted that before the directive to close the border in August 2019, the land borders contributed little or nothing to the nation’s economy due to illegal activities.
He announced that with about 5-8billion Naira being generated daily into the economy by the Nigerian Customs, the country would be the ultimate beneficiary of the border drill exercise.