Border Closure: It’s Socio-Economic Cum Security Implications in Nigeria

Publication Date : 01/01/2020


Author(s) :

Aligbe Brendix Abdullahi, Ph.D..


Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
,
Issue 1
(01 - 2020)



Abstract :

The paper attempts to examine the impact of the land border closure and its social economic cum security implications. The paper believes that the closure became the more necessary in the face of huge security challenges that has bedeviled the nation on one hand and the illegal importation of goods and services on the other hand, all these, the paper concluded has serious negative effects on not only the economy but equally has serious security implications. Both the Primary and secondary data were used and findings revealed that during the period of the closure or drill, the rate of insurgency was not only reduced, local production of food items increased resulting to the creation of employment opportunities, and above all the rate of fuel consumption in the Border Towns reduced drastically. Upon these findings, the paper concludes that there is a strong correlation between the closure and reduction of insurgency, consumption of locally made foods and above all for the first time local producers of commodities like rice, sugar and poultry products smiled or gained tremendously. Likewise, the closure or drill may be a temporary setback or a serious hemorrhage for some Nigerians whatever the case, the closure, is a boost to the economy and a bold attempt to stop being unnecessary Father Christmas to our neighboring countries in terms of fuel subsidy in particular. The paper however, recommends amongst others the cooperation of the neighboring countries in having what its described as common or collaborative prohibitions, training and modern weaponry for all uniformed men saddled with the responsibilities of manning the borders and above all the use of technology as against the present practice.


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