The Federal Government on Thursday held a gathering with appointments from Republic of Benin and Niger in Abuja, where modalities for the re-opening of the Nigerian land borders were examined.

The land borders were shut in August after crimes at the country’s international boundaries with Benin and Niger.

The conference which held under the sponsorship of the Tripartite Anti-carrying Ministerial Committee at the ECOWAS Commission Secretariat, Asokoro, consented to build up a joint border watch group involving the police, Customs and movement of the three nations.

Speaking to Nigeria at the gathering were the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Mrs Zainab Ahmed (Finance, Budget and National Planning), Rauf Aregbesola (Interior), Lai Mohammed (Information), Zubairu Dauda (State, MFA) and Hajia Mariam Katagum (Minister of State, Trade and Industry).

On the Beninoise assignment were the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aurelien Agbenonci, Mr Romuald Wadagni (Economy and Finance) and Mrs Shadiya Assouma (Industry and Commerce), while the Nigerien group had the Ministers of Interior, Mr Mohamed Bazoum, Mr Sadou Seydou (Trade and Private Sector) Lamido Goga (African Integration and Nigerien abroad) and Mr Ahmat Jidoud (Budget).

The gathering was additionally gone to by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement, Mr Tel Konzi.

Perusing the dispatch toward the finish of the gathering, Onyeama, who headed the Nigerian designation, expressed that the gathering additionally conceded to the foundation of an observing and assessment board of the three nations.

The order of the panel, he stated, was to guarantee activities that would encourage and improve the concealment of carried merchandise and other related issues.