By Lanre Oloyede
The Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation (NNJC-C) has called for increased funding, from donor agencies and development partners, of developmental projects along trade corridors between Nigeria and Niger in order to improve the flow of cross-border trade between both countries.
The minister of state, Foreign Affairs, Hajia Khadijah Bukar A. Ibrahim made the call at the donor round table conference hosted by the federal ministry of foreign affairs in Abuja.
Hajia Khadijah Bukar A. Ibrahim recalled that establishment of cross-border cooperation initiative along Kano-Maradi axis, popularly known as K2M which was launched in 2007 under the aegis of ECOWAS and NNJC-C was in response to the 2005 food crises in Sahel, particularly, in Niger Republic, which brought to the fore, the important link between food security and cross-border trade in agro-pastoral products.
The minister announced that two more trade corridors have evolved along the border of Nigeria and Niger Republic, notably, the Jigawa-Kano-Daura-Zinder and Sokoto-Zamfara-Kebbi-Dosso-Tahoua axis as a result of the success recorded in the implementation of the K2M programme.
“It is equally noteworthy that the two newly evolved corridors are being supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of Niger Republic and the German International Cooperation (GIZ), with Niger Republic being the predominant area of intervention by these development partners.”, the minister said.