In a move that will improve trade between the two countries, the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon have completed the construction of a new double lane bridge linking the countries. The newly constructed 1.5km bridge is located in the border-town of Ekot-Mfum in Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria.
Commenting during a recent inspection tour, Nigeria’s Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, remarked that the new bridge will not only facilitate free trade, but will also strengthen relations between both countries and improve cross-border security. Although the construction began in 2017, it was completed in March 2021 at the cost of N35.9 billion.
Mr. Fashola also observed that Nigeria “has a strong relationship with the Republic of Cameroon in terms of trade and business.” He stated that the Nigerian government plans to put in place infrastructure that would last “for many more decades and strengthen the relationship between [the two countries]”. Indeed, agro-produce, merchandise, and other manufactured goods are traded and transported between Nigeria and Cameroon. Therefore, as Mr. Fashola noted, the two countries need to have improved joint border patrol, better security, more efficiency and integration as ECOWAS sister nations.
This article was adapted from an article by Perpetua Onuegbu and published on pmnewsnigeria.com. You can start earning money by becoming our Independent Reporter or Contributor. Contact us at [email protected]
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