One of the members of the poultry Association of Nigeria, Lagos state chapter has told the Federal Government of Nigeria to lengthen the closure of Land borders to as far as five years.
Mr Ashiru Shittu, who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Lagos State said that Nigerian farmers had everything to gain from the closure and that the Nigerian economy would be better for the action.
He argued that the closure had resulted in increased production of food locally, especially rice and poultry.
We will recalls that the Federal Government had shut the nation’s borders last August and in November, extended the closure to January 31, 2020.
“The closure of Nigerian land borders is of great advantage to farmers, especially those involved in rice and poultry farming.
“It has increased our capacity to produce home-grown poultry and rice. It makes life better for local farmers.
“I want to suggest that the land border closure should remain for a minimum of five to 10 years.
“With the closure, the Nigerian economy will grow in leaps and bounds.
“We may suffer several setbacks now because of the increase in food prices but we will come over it soon.’’
Shittu reiterated that the closure of the borders might face challenges initially but that in the long run, it would be of benefit to Nigerians.
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