Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has reeled out the gains recorded by the closure of the land borders by the federal government.
Osinbajo while speaking at a town hall meeting in Benin City as part of activities of the ongoing National Festival for Arts and Culture, pleaded to Nigerians to endure the high cost of commodities the closure caused saying the step was necessary to ensure neighbouring countries take more seriously the issue of policing the borders.
He added that other prosperous nations did not allow any country bring goods into their countries but opted to grow what they eat, noting that smuggling discouraged local production and does not allow Nigeria farmers have access to market.
“Part of the reasons for shutting the border is the smuggling that has been going on. If we continue to allow the Chinese and others to continue to bring in all those things, we will kill farming completely and most of our people will not be employed.
”There may be some pain in other to gain. The countries of the world that are prosperous didn’t allow anybody to bring in anything to their country. They made sure they grew what they eat. I can assure you that very soon you will see a great deal of progress, you will see more of our own commodity coming into the market. If we allow our own people grow these things, our people will prosper. The only way our people can prosper is if we let them use the opportunity that they have such as farming, fishing and others.
“We are going to make sure that commodities are cheaper. We must bear in mind that the reason today some commodities are more expensive is because we stopped smuggling. We have to encourage our local farmers so that our local farmers can prosper”, the Vice President said.