Border closure has N’Assembly’s Backing - Senator Omo-Agege

The closure of the nation’s borders by the federal government has the backing of the National Assembly, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said.

Omo-Agege, who made this disclosure in his keynote address at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung conference Friday, stressed that the current restrictions in the movement of goods across Nigeria’s borders are in national interest and enjoys the backing of federal lawmakers.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Legislative and Plenary, Senator Omo-Agege, emphasized that there was no rationale for breaching ECOWAS’ protocol, attacking Nigerians or allowing unjustified risks against Nigeria’s security and economic well-being.


    According to Thisdaylive, He stressed the need for government to be pro-active to ensure citizens’ safety, adding that it focuses on integration of the 15-member states’ citizens through measures that include policy harmonization, peace and security, infrastructure development, and good governance in member states. 

His views on the need to curb threats posed by influx of small arms, illegal activities of veterans of various armed conflicts and flagrant breach of ECOWAS Protocols prohibiting the trans-shipment of imported goods through other ECOWAS countries’ borders was supported by Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora, NGO and Civil Societies, Senator Ajibola Bashiru.

While  the Resident Representative of Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Dr. Vladimir Kreck, noted that both the advanced EU and relatively young ECOWAS have lessons to learn from one another, Chairman of the House of House of Representatives’ Committee on Treaty, Hon Ossai N. Ossai, lamented that more than 400 treaties signed by the Executive had not been domesticated or reviewed by the National Assembly.

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