Having closed the borders, our main concern is that the exercise is stretched too far which may result to unintended consequences that will continue to reverberate long after the action is wound up.
The closure is gradually but steadily incapacitating legitimate trans-border businesses.
The proponents of the policy not only meant to stop smuggling of contraband items into the country, but in the process, wanted to cripple the businesses of Nigerians in the former and informal sectors of the economy who engage in trans-border trade.
Why is border closed against this set of people? Are they part of smugglers of rice and other illicit items which government intends to stop?
Why would the owners of legitimate businesses in the country bear the wrath of government on smugglers?
Ironically, through this policy, government is inadvertently killing the very sector it ought to grow and protect.
Operators in this sector have cried out that their businesses are suffering and most of them have either gone under or may go under due to the unintended consequences of the unending closure.
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