Shehu Sani, Senator representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly on Tuesday faulted Federal Government’s decision to shut down Nigeria’s borders.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe had said land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country will be shut in a few days to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
Ogbeh made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja, while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI).
The Minister, who did not mention the particular country and border, said shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country.
Reacting to the disclosure, Sani said the decision was wrong because the country’s security agencies should be able to deal with smuggling at the borders.
In a tweet, the lawmaker wrote: “It’s wrong to shut down the land borders ‘because of rice smuggling’.
“Our layers of security operatives should be able to combat or prevent smuggling without suffocating legitimate businesses and stifling border communities.”