Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Odein Ajumogobia, says the European Union (EU) proposed reform of border posts of five of the 15 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will boost trade and security in the West Coast.
The European Union had at an ECOWAS stakeholders’ meeting at the Nigeria/Benin border post in January, 2010, announced a budget of 64 million Euros for the reforms.
The reforms will include regional integration, trade liberalization, provision of toll gates, computerization of border administration and joint security patrol.
Ajumogobia said in Badagry near Lagos that the reforms would also ease transportation, improve security and reduce corruption.
“Even though I have not been fully briefed on the reform project of the EU in the ECOWAS border posts, I support the idea in the sense that it will ease traffic and boost trade, transportation and security in the West Coast,” he said.
The minister said that, if properly executed, the project would put the West Africa sub-region on the same pedestal with the EU in terms of security, transportation and trade.