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    Niger Republic Opens Land Border with Nigeria

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    By Milcah Tanimu

    In a significant development, the government of Niger Republic has officially opened its land border with Nigeria, marking a crucial step towards fostering bilateral trade and economic ties between the two nations.

    The border, located in Konni, was declared open at precisely 12 pm on Friday, according to a statement from Nuhu Samaila, a reliable source based in Konni, Niger Republic. This move comes in the wake of the recent decision by the Nigeria Customs Service to reopen the Illela land border between Nigeria and Niger Republic, further emphasizing the mutual desire for enhanced cooperation.

    Praising the decision of the leadership in Niger Republic, particularly the military junta, Samaila expressed gratitude for addressing the aspirations of the people by facilitating the reopening of the border. He highlighted the potential economic benefits, foreseeing increased trading activities that would contribute to the prosperity of both nations.

    This development follows recent efforts by the Federal Government of Nigeria, including the restoration of electricity supply to Niger Republic, as directed by President Bola Tinubu. The decision to reopen borders underscores a commitment to regional integration and diplomatic resolution of disputes.

    In August 2023, Nigeria suspended power supply to Niger as part of sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in response to a coup in Niger. However, recent diplomatic engagements, led by President Tinubu, have paved the way for the restoration of normalcy in relations between the two countries.

    Furthermore, in compliance with the directive from President Tinubu, the Nigeria Customs Service reopened the Kamba land border, emphasizing its strategic importance in revenue generation for Kebbi State.

    The reopening of borders between Nigeria and Niger Republic signifies a positive step towards promoting economic prosperity and regional stability, fostering a climate of cooperation and mutual benefit.

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