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Closure of border affecting poor masses in Nigeria—Ohanaeze

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has taken a swipe on the latest closure of the nation’s land borders by the Federal Government.

This is as Igbo merchants below the auspices of South East Amalgamated Market Traders Association (SEAMATA) mentioned the continued closure has crippled their buying and selling actions.

Enugu State chapter of the Ohanaeze mentioned the border closure has inflicted extra pains and hardships on the poor.

President of Ohanaeze Enugu State, Alex Ogbonnia, at a briefing after a gathering on the weekend, mentioned it was an act of hypocrisy to close borders to rice importation,whereas international unique vehicles got the best of entry.

Ogbonnia, nonetheless, recommended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for patronising Innoson Motors by procuring 100 vans to beef up safety within the state.

He demanded that the federal and state governments emulate Ugwuanyi in patronising domestically manufactured vehicles, noting that it’s the positive option to retrieve the nation’s economic system from whole collapse.

According to him, the ripple impact of patronising domestically made merchandise “is not only in the conservation of scarce foreign exchange, but a direct confrontation on unemployment that would exit Nigeria from being the poverty capital of the world.”

SEAMATA President General, Gozie Akudolu and Secretary General, Alex Okwudili, in an announcement, mentioned native industries have been already badly affected by the border closure.

According to the merchants, merchandise from industries like constructing supplies, electrical cables, locally-manufactured biscuits and confectioneries, plastic merchandise, native materials and textiles, cooking utensils, locally-made bathroom soaps and detergents in addition to lubricants purchased by international clients have been mendacity on the borders.

They additionally attributed the sudden rise in costs of staple meals stuff to the closure.

“When demand out numbers supply, the price must increase. We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to look in the direction of the poor masses that are having hunger and starvation boldly starring them in the face considering that this border closure situation is compounded by the flooding that has swept most of the farmlands with agricultural products,” SEAMATA said.

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