Nearly four years after the Nigerian government shut its borders with Benin Republic, President Patrice Talon on Wednesday visited President Bola Tinubu at Aso Rock Villa, urging a free movement of people and goods between both countries.
“We will support all of our private sector interests to facilitate prosperity in both of our important countries. I appreciate the urgency of your approach, and we welcome this.
President Talon, who was at the State House to seek the support of President Tinubu on improving trade relations, ahead of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Summit, described the relationship between his country and Nigeria as crucial.
He said Benin Republic is seeking stronger trade ties with Nigeria, emphasizing the free movement of people and goods between both countries.
“Benin has started implementing a national development plan which includes enhanced integration between Nigeria and Benin Republic.
“At the level of ECOWAS, we embrace free movement and integration, and at the African level, AfCFTA envisages this; so we need to move urgently to make this a reality.
“Our investment programme must be revised to factor in all factors of the Nigerian economy. We seek to set up an inter-ministerial technical committee that will jointly prepare a draft document for our legislatures,” the Benin Republic leader said in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale the Special Adviser to President Tinubu on media and Publicity, a copy of which was given to Persecondnews.