Many years after it was conceived, the Zamfara-Sokoto-Kebbi-Tahoua cross border trade routes have finally become a reality with its official inauguration.
The event, which was held at the Sokoto State Government House on Tuesday, was attended Govs. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, as well as Abdulrahman Musa of Tahoua region of Niger Republic.
In his remarks, Tambuwal said that inauguration of the trade corridor was another landmark achievement for Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission, aimed to ensure growth and economic development of the two countries.
He said the initiative would positively redress the several obstacles being experienced by the country’s cross-border traders such as road harassment, multiple and sometimes illegal check points, unnecessary delays and unlawful charges at the borders.
According to him, such illegalities hinder agro-pastoral business in the borders and deter their collective efforts toward achieving regional economic integration.
Tambuwal, therefore, enjoined all stakeholders to ensure faithful implementation of the project so as to ensure full realisation of its primary objectives which included serving as catalyst for free flow of goods.
This he noted could also boost trade transactions within the corridor of both countries.
He said Sokoto State Government, in collaboration with the Federal Government would…