The President will decide on reopening of borders ? Comptroller-General of Customs

The President will decide on reopening of borders ? Comptroller-General of Customs

The President will decide on reopening of borders ? Comptroller-General of Customs

Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi has said that reopening of the borders will be a decision to be made by President Bola Tinubu. 

 

Speaking during an interactive session with members of the Kongolam border community in Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina state, Adeniyi noted that there are ongoing engagements and consultations over reopening of the border. 

 

He also said the Service will focus on removing obstacles militating against free trade in line with the present administration’s agenda of fostering economic prosperity.

 

Adeniyi also said they are working towards reducing the number of checkpoints along the border posts, and promote synergy between the Service personnel and traders.

 

“Once consultations are concluded, a decision will be taken on the matter. We are conscious of the concerns of the border communities, particularly with regards to the number of checkpoints and the closure of land borders.

“I assure you that our operations are always guided by law and we only operate on delegated powers. We have communicated the concerns and complaints by residents of the border communities to the President.

“Because he has listening ears, and directed that we should release confiscated food items, on the condition that it only be sold in Nigerian markets.

“We know that there are markets around our borders, and we know that not all of them are targeted at taking goods across the borders.

“We will continue to monitor and ensure that food that is produced in Nigeria remains and is consumed in Nigeria. This is because we are in a period of national emergency that has to do with food insufficiency.

“And that is why we must collectively work together to assist the government to enforce the various laws prohibiting exportation of food items at this time.”

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