The House of Representatives, Tuesday urged the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, to review the policy on border closure, saying it is contrary to its extant act.
It also urged relevant government agencies to look into this prevailing directive to ameliorate the attendant consequences.
This development followed an adopted motion on issue of urgent public importance raised by Hon. Asda Soli.
In his lead debate, Soli recalled that Nigeria has 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, sharing boundaries with other African countries.
Further, the lawmaker recalled that the Federal government on November 6, ordered that no filling station within two metres close to the border should fill their stations with petrol.
He added that no alternative arrangement was made to lessen the attendant hardship to the people of the affected border communities across the country.
He, therefore, affirmed that the existing directive would cause untold hardship and affect their livelihoods besides unemployment.
In their alternate contributions, majority of the lawmakers agreed that the directive should be reviewed to avert the outlined consequences in consideration of the yuletide season being afoot.
“The Yuletide is around the corner. This is not acceptable. The House should look into this issue with human face. If we push our neighbours to the wall, I don’t know what will happen”.