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Customs set to reopen land borders conditions

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By Okunloye Abiodun

The compliance levels in border communities must be satisfactory for review.

Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, who is the acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), presented a list of requirements for reopening the country’s land borders. While on a visit to the Ogun 1 command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Idiroko, Ogun State, the acting Comptroller General assured officers that if compliance levels in border communities are satisfactory, the service will reconsider certain policies. He stated that one of the rules being reviewed is the one pertaining to the distribution of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to fuel stations within 20 kilometres of the country’s borders.

There are a lot of concerns that the towns located along the region have brought to their attention, but some of these policies are carried out by authorities that are higher than them, and some go beyond the obligation that the Customs Service is tasked with carrying out. However, he may reassure the public that they are working alongside other appropriate government agencies and that they will propose a review of such policies if they observe situations that merit such a review.

Communities should also cooperate with government agencies.

Once they observe communities cooperating with government agencies to enforce import and export regulations and find that they are being followed, they are more likely to comply with those regulations themselves. He added that if they observe the communities backing the agencies, they will make suitable recommendations for reviewing the border closure, the entry of tokunbo vehicles, and, most significantly, because of the subsidy removal. They may also advocate for an amendment in the regulations governing petrol station placement near the regions.

He told the officers in charge to get engaged in the matter and rededicate themselves to protecting the country and its regions. Therefore, one of the reasons he visited is to emphasise the necessity that all agencies maintain their commitment and focus on the objective of national and regional security. For Nigeria, the Benin Republic, and by extension, the rest of the sub-region, Idiroko serves as a crucial entry point. In light of this, it is imperative that the country not enable criminals who profit from committing crimes over its borders to engage in activities that undermine national security.

The service should be informed of all criminal activities.

In addition, he emphasises the importance of working together to prevent criminals from entering the country illegally across those regions in whatever form, which might include smuggling, human trafficking, drug trafficking, or threats to public health. They have a shared obligation to confront them and find a way to win the game they are playing. According to Customs, they believe that no single agency can handle this task by itself; instead, they need to work together and collaborate with one another.

Because the nature and scope of criminal activity have shifted over the years, there is no longer a single type of criminal who crosses the border and commits only one crime. Smugglers don’t only perpetrate smuggling; therefore, when they talk about them in this context, they’re referring to the unlawful carriage of firearms and ammunition. Most of the time, those who traffic humans also steal money from the country they operate in. According to him, they are also responsible for illegal currency trafficking and money laundering.

Illicit activities across the border prompted its closure.

Recall that in August 2019, the federal government announced that all land borders would be closed due to the illegal importation of illicit drugs, arms, and agricultural products from surrounding West African countries. As of the end of 2020, President Buhari has four land crossings reopened. Even after the borders were reopened for several months, the president was worried that items were still being smuggled into Nigeria. However, the green chamber rejected a motion in June 2021 that was supported by 11 members of the House of Representatives that sought to reopen them all.

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3 months ago

Customs set to reopen land borders conditionsThe compliance levels in border communities must be satisfactory for review. – Express your point of view.

3 months ago

I’m really excited about the news that customs is planning to reopen the land borders! It’s great to see that they are prioritizing the safety and well-being of the border communities. By ensuring that the compliance levels in these communities are satisfactory, customs can review the conditions and make informed decisions about reopening. This approach is crucial to maintaining order and security in the border areas. It allows customs to assess the readiness of the communities and ensure that all necessary protocols and regulations are being followed. By striking a balance between reopening and maintaining necessary precautions, customs can create a safe and controlled environment for cross-border activities. It’s important to prioritize the health and safety of everyone involved while also facilitating the movement of goods and people across the borders. I believe that by taking these factors into consideration, customs can successfully reopen the land borders and support the growth and development of the border communities. 🛃🌍

3 months ago

In order to decide whether to reopen, customs can assess the situation. To keep peace and security in the border regions, this strategy is essential. It enables customs to evaluate the communities’ level of preparedness and confirm that all applicable rules and regulations are being followed. Customs can provide a secure and controlled environment for cross-border

3 months ago

It’s encouraging to see that border communities’ safety and wellbeing are given top priority. For customs to assess the situation and decide whether to reopen, there must be adequate compliance in these areas.