On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari said that the inauguration of the new Seme-Kraker joint border will foster the common interests of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. A speech he made during the inauguration of the new Economic Community of West African States Border Posts at Seme-Krake and Neope-Akanu in Badagry.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity – Femi Adesina, President Buhari said, “As we all know, Nigeria and Benin share many things in common. Hence, the establishment of the Joint Border Post will certainly promote our brotherliness and emphasize our common interest.”
Seme-Krake joint border to foster common Nigeria-Benin Interests – Buhari
President Buhari described the project, aimed at enhancing the free movement of persons and goods in the region, as “a symbol of integration that brings together the peoples of Nigeria and Benin. Saying;
“Indeed, the Seme-Krake joint border is one of the busiest boundary lines not only in West Africa but the whole continent, daily recording huge movement of persons, goods and services.
Permit me therefore to congratulate my brother, President Patrice Talon of the Republic of Benin on the successful completion of this magnificent project.”
The President equally noted that the joint border will enhance trade facilitation by combining border clearance activities, increase cooperation and coordination controls, as well as foster the sharing of data and intelligence between both countries.
The Border strategically lies on the Lagos-Cotonou-Lome-Accra-Abidjan corridor, which accounts for about 70% of the entire transit traffic in the sub-region.
“I am aware that a Joint Committee with membership from Nigeria and Benin has been established for the coordination and management of this facility. I would like to call on the members of the committee to note the complex task ahead of them” he said.