By Sandra Chukwunyere
International borders professionally known as Joint Boarder Posts are established to promote integration, cooperation and information sharing among nations for the economic growth and development between countries sharing the boarders.
There are 80 joint border posts in Africa, 7 of which are in West Africa with the Seme Boarder between Nigeria and Benin Republic recognized as one of the busiest.
But do you know that the Nigerian government does not charge importers for using the country’s boarders but rather grants incentives to genuine importers that comply with border policies?
The Seme Customs Area Controller , Comptroller Mohammed Uba who made this known while interacting with Journalists in Seme, urged Nigerian importers to strive to comply with all the rules and regulations, as the benefits are enormous.
According to Comptroller Uba in line with International best practice, importers who are known to be compliant over time are given preferential treatment, one of which is that they enjoy free entry and exit at the borders without subjection to rigorous search.
The customs Area controller in Seme, who also underlined the integration of local economies as a key benefit of establishing a boarder, said to drive compliance, the command has increased education and awareness creation among border communities , which to a large extent has dispelled their negative mindsets about the border being a stumbling block to them.
While calling on the need for reliable statistics on economic activities at the border for better planning, Comptroller Uba explained the various Sections of the Seme border.
He however said the public should disregard the recent World Bank report which rated the Nigerian customs low, saying as a developing nation, Nigeria should not be accessed alongside the developed world using the same criteria, which unfortunately was what the bank did.