The closure of borders by Nigerian authorities, as part of efforts to restore civil authority in neighboring Niger Republic, has resulted in the suspension of imports of cattle, camels, sheep, dates (Dabino), and other food items from Niger. This situation is having significant consequences on various sectors,Dailytrust report.

Traders, transporters, and middlemen are expressing concern about losing their livelihoods and are calling for a reconsideration by all parties involved. Within Nigeria, retailers and consumers of these items are experiencing shortages and rising prices.

The border closure comes in the wake of the political turmoil in Niger, where President Mohamed Bazoum was ousted in a palace coup by the military. As a response, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), led by President Bola Tinubu, imposed various sanctions, including border closures and cutting off electricity supply.

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The closure is affecting several states in Nigeria, particularly those that share a border with Niger, such as Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, and Borno. Businesses that facilitated trade between the two countries are facing severe challenges, leading to reduced supplies to other states across North and South Nigeria.

In Borno State’s capital, Maiduguri, the flow of cows and livestock has dropped significantly, affecting the local market and causing meat prices to rise. The closure of the border has exacerbated the difficulties faced by herders who used land border access to enter Nigeria, avoiding conflict areas.

Similarly, in Kano State, which has been a hub for trade between Niger and Nigeria, the trade in animals has declined considerably. This has affected Yan Awaki Livestock Market, which used to witness truckloads of animals every day but is now receiving them in much smaller quantities.

In Jigawa State, the livestock market in Maigatari, located by the sealed border station, has seen a drastic reduction in the trade of animals, affecting the livelihoods of many. Livestock prices have also increased substantially.

The situation is echoed in Katsina State, where livestock markets report a significant decline in animal populations and doubled prices. Over 500 trucks loaded with goods are stranded on the Niger side of the border, leading to shortages of commodities in Nigerian markets.

In Sokoto State, the Illela international market is experiencing low patronage and shortages due to border closures. Buyers and sellers alike are facing challenges, and prices have surged.

Overall, the border closure is causing economic disruptions on both sides, affecting livelihoods, trade, and the availability and affordability of essential commodities.


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