The Federal government has outlined some conditions that ECOWAS member states must meet for it to reopen its land borders after its closure was extended till January 2020.
Among the conditions agreed upon by members of the Nigerian side of the tripartite committee set up to review the policy
-Any import coming from outside an ECOWAS region and imported into an ECOWAS member state must maintain its original packaging.
– Such imports must be escorted from the port directly to the designated entry point in the Nigerian border and presented to the Nigerian customs.
– Goods produced in ECOWAS member states must satisfy the ECOWAS rules of origin to avoid any possibility of downplay.
This is to avoid countries outside member states from exporting their goods into ECOWAS region repackaged, as though they are coming from an ECOWAS region.
– All warehouses along the shared borders of Nigeria must be dismantled.
– Goods being transported must be put in proper recognized packaging.
– All persons moving through Nigerian borders must present themselves through recognized entry points and must have recognized travel documents (country passport).