The Federal Government on Wednesday ratified Nigeria ’s membership in the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ).
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed , disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa , Abuja .
AfCTA was created by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 54 of the 55 African Union nations .
The main objectives of the AfCFTA are to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments , and thus pave the way for accelerating the establishment of the Customs Union .
Mohammed said with the ratification , Nigeria has beaten the December 5 , 2020 , deadline set for all countries to ratify their membership .
The minister said , “ The Minister of Industry , Trade , and Investment presented a memo today (Wednesday ) asking the Federal Executive Council to ratify Nigeria’ s membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area.