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Save our business from collapse, open Lolo border-Freight forwarders urges President Tinubu

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Association of Freight forwarding practitioners of Nigeria (AFFPON) has appealed to president Bola Ahmed Tinubu to open Nigeria’s boarded with the republic of Benin in Lolo town in order to save their business from collapse.

The association at a joint press conference with importers in Kano, urged the federal government to reopen the Lolo Border linking Nigeria and Benin Republic for the benefits of the government and it’s citizens.

President of the association Alhaji Muftahu Ya’u said the appeal initiative is organized by the association of freight forwarding practitioners of Nigeria (AFFPON) as a result of complains from the freight forwarders operating at the borders as well as the importers, over the federal government policy of the closure of all Nigerian/Niger borders to enforce the ECOWAS embargo on Niger Republic after military takeover of Niger civilian government in an effort to safeguard democracy and its stability in the west African region.

”It is imperative at this juncture to state that, the association of freight forwarding practitioner of Nigeria (AFFPON) is a law abiding association and therefore gives 100% support to the government of Nigeria over this development especially on Nigeria/Niger Republic Boarders”

Muftahu Ya’u said, their association has no intention to interfere with the closure of Nigeria/Niger borders but rather is focusing on the need for government to provide an alternative route that will give room for thousands of containers trapped outside borders to gain access into the country.

”The alternative routes are the borders linking Nigeria to Benin Republic like Lolo border along Maje/lllo Axis in Kebbi State which we learnt is also closed for operations. The border has a direct link to Benin Republic and can be utilized as an alternative route to allow thousands of containers that have been transported from Benin Republic into the country”.

”The situation at the Lolo boarder is a very sad one. Our findings revealed that Truck drivers are sleeping on bare floor with some attacked by snakes with others felling sick due to the unfavorable condition they found themselves in”

He explained that, the closure of the boarder also has a negative impact on the Freight forwarding and import/export sub-sectors, causing delays, increased costs, and disruptions to trade activities.

”The Arewa Economic Forum revealed that the northern Nigerian businessmen from the boarder affected states are loosing an estimated sum of 13 billion Naira weekly to the boarder closure to trade, farms and market shutdown”

”The Association of Freight Forwarding Practitioners of Nigeria (AFFPON) therefore, finds it as imperative to invite the importers affected to come together as a collective voice to address this issue through making this appeal to the Bola Ahmad Tinubu led Government to consider the reopening of the bourder. I also want to assure you that, this joint stakeholders initiative will soon embark on a tour visits to make appeals to our traditional royal fathers, the national assembly, the governors, religious clerics as well as other stakeholders all in an effort to draw the attention of government to immediately consider reopening the Lolo Boarder”

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