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President Muhammadu Buhari’s Social Media Aide Lauretta Onochie has claimed that rice millers in Gombe State have recorded increased sales since the closure of the country’s land borders.

Concise News reports that Onochie made the claim in a tweet on her handle recently where she noted that the rice millers now have higher patronage of their products.

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“Some rice milers in Gombe State have stated that they have recorded increased sales and patronage since the closure of the borders by the Federal Government,” she tweeted.

Nigeria Gives Conditions

Meanwhile, Nigeria says member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) must respect the Rule of Origin for imports before it will reopen its land border.

Concise News reports that Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, made this known on Monday in Abuja while briefing newsmen following an Inter-Ministerial meeting Preparatory to the Tripartite Anti-Smuggling Committee Meeting of Nigeria, Benin and Niger.

He said that the conditions were spelled out by the country’s inter-ministerial committee to protect the nation’s economy by stopping dumping.

Onyeama listed other conditions to include that any import coming into Nigeria must retain its original packaging from the country of origin.

He said, “There should be no modification whatsoever to the packaging on those goods imported into an ECOWAS member state destined for Nigeria.

“So, with the original packaging, they must be escorted from the port directly and transferred to the Nigerian Customs Service.

“For goods predominantly produced in ECOWAS Member States, the rules of origin must be certified, so we have to avoid any possibilities of dumping.

“So, if goods are produced in ECOWAS member states, those goods must be in majority produced in those countries or if they are coming from outside ECOWAS, the value addition made by an ECOWAS country must be over 30 per cent.”