My name is Henry and I am a marketing manager. I post this today because it's something that a great forum like nnu should be part of it contribution considering the thousands of people here and it influence on the society.
The truth is border closure in anyway hasn't really help the poor masses and the ordinary man in the society. Most firms in Nigeria are privately owned by this same people closing the border because when the border is open, and there is high scale of import, there comes competition in the market and the higher the supply and availability of resources, the cheaper it will become and to this effect, every man most especially the ordinary could afford good assets for thier self. During past government, borders were opened and people could buy what they desire.
I remember when a bag of rice was sold in Nigeria for 6500 a man receiving a salary of 25 thousand naira could make his family happy by feeding them well and also having some left to keep for emergency. You could save #10000 and every month and be planning for a car at the end of 2yrs. Now that same 25000 can't even afford a bag of rice now. Things has become so expensive in all aspects just because there is no longer any form of compition coming from outside. To me, border closure is just an act to enriched those politician and their firms in Nigeria. The most biggest truth is that they still sneak their own cargoes into Nigeria.
The border closure is not a very good idea, in that it brings suffering on the poor masses, even a level 8 state government worker can't afford to buy a bag of rice now at 26k.the government should please come to our help by considering the fact that not all can buy a cup of rice @ #150
The border closure has two sides:The bad one and the good one.
The good one is that it won't allow fake and prohibited goods into the country and also to boost an economy the country should import less and export more.
The bad part is that the goods that are available in the country cannot circulate and hereby causes scarcity which later results in excessive rise in the price of the unlimited goods.
It has not helped Nigerians generally. I used to buy a De Rica of rice for 150 before but now it's 400. And even the rice we plant here in Nigeria is 350 per De Rica when it's supposed to be cheaper. Nigerians used the slightest opportunity to get money from the poor masses which is disheartening
I don't think the closing of Nigeria borders has helped me or is helping me because considering the state of Nigeria right now. This is not the best time to get our borders closed. In fact, if our borders must be closed, some things must be put in good order like stable economic. When the border is closed but some government refused or delayed in paying their workers salaries. I even heard the rumor that some places borders are not closed. This is not helping for now.
I will like to say that any country that want development and growth, will surport the closure of BORDER. If you check and investigate some of the country that closes their border, they later enjoy their living. However just that our own country did not prepared for it. but is a good idea.
In a way this border closure is of a better advantage than a disadvantage.
Years ago Nigeria was well known for agriculture until the discovery of oil,which made us abandon agriculture for oil,forgetting that the most essential thing we need in life is food. This border closure has revealed to us clearly that we are lagging in the area of food production which we need to go back to.Also it helps to reduce the importation of harmful substances and weapons into the country, also it reduce the bringing in of pest and diseases through food importation.
Border closing hasn't helped me in any way. As a student I spend a lot on foodstuff, mostly rice. Rice is the most consumed food and yet one has to buy. I don't know how the government made a decision like that, I feel they should have made adequate provision first, they weren't prepared.
The closing of border has not in any way helped the Nigerian individual, economy or country as a whole, because what the government are trying to achieve is not possible for now reason is we don not have enough to cater for ourselves yet. We still need help with other countries products for our economy to boost again.
Its has not at all because everything here now is very very expensive , I think the best thing to do is too tighting security agent close to the border for check ups and govt should improve security (advance security) at the border, let try to contain it not just closing the border, closing it only worsing the situations
Nope it has not really help me in anyway, I can't recall when last I ate rice and enjoyed it I must always chew stone each time I put a spoon of rice in my mouth and it is not really funny at all so the government should please open it back for us.
I totally agree with everything you said in your post,the closure of the border by the government has really affected me in an adverse way, it didn't only affect me,it also affected the entire nation at large, including the economy, it has indirectly led to the increase of smuggling into the country
To my best knowlegde border closure has really affect the entire country in terms of bringing valuable product for human use
The high cost of a bag of rice isn't friendly to the poor and the middle class of the country
What would happen to a man of family of six or seven at this present time....it has really affect the whole economy at large
It isn't a very good idea tho... Because things are very expensive imagine buying a bag of rice #25k which in a norms used to 12-14k
Though our leaders are trying to let us embrace our own locally made goods instead using of foreign products but they don't understand that it's really affecting the less privileged like us and Nigeria as a country isnt there yet
To every advantage there is a disadvantage. The advantage of closing the border favors those people like farmers because it helps to circulate their goods and it turns people to our own produce. The disadvantage of this has resulted in the high cost of goods and services and has also lead to hoarding rate. The closing of the border has not favored me either
Border closure for now is not helping me ooh, Infact the thing is making me go broke and broker everyday, although am trying my very best to endure it knowing fully well the reasons behind it, if our government actually aimed for what I assumed to be the reason for this closure which also includes the promotion of our economy, then am cool with that.
For me, the closure of the border is a great idea made by the federal government, but its still going to take time before we start noticing the advantages.
Almost 80% of the rice we eat is being imported into the country, so, y closing the border, we start consuming our own locally made rice and our currency rate increases, apart form this, it will also create job opportunities for youth who are desperate to work in the agriculture sector.