Customs in Kwara State: ” Comptroller Uba meets market women association *Warns on patronage of contraband *Records over N703.7million seizures

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Customs in Kwara State:

” Comptroller Uba meets market women association

*Warns on patronage of smuggled goods

*Records over N703.7million seizures

Compt Uba and his team during the programme:

The Coordinator, Joint Border Operations Drill Sector- 3 Ilorin, Kwara State, Comptroller Mohammed Uba had a meeting with dealers of textile materials; Shoes; Veils and Market Women association in Kwara State
The meeting was in
continuation of the sensitisation programme for critical stakeholders, on the need to support the Federal Government on border closure exercise.

The Public Relations Officer of Customs in Kwara, Mr Chado Zakari, made this known.

He revealed that the programme was quite interactive and translated in English, as well as Yaruba languages.

He explained, “The Coordinator reminded stakeholders that border closure was initiated by government to encourage local farmers and industries to thrive, in order to create jobs for Nigerians, especially the youths”.

According to Comptroller Uba, “This exercise will provide security for the Nation. This is quite imperative, because if the economic environment is not secured, revenue collection and trade facilitation can not be achieved by Nigeria Customs Service”.

Comptroller Uba pointed out, “Our duty is to enforce the policies of government on partial border closure. As such, movement of persons with valid traveling documents from 6.am -6pm is still enforced.”

He stressed, “We are using this sensitisation programme to appeal to the association not to patronise or sell smuggled goods. Also, dealers in textile materials buying their goods from Kano should always have a copy of Single Goods Declaration Form (SGD) used, and paid for their goods from original importers. This is to avoid their goods being seized by our men.

Speaking further, Comptroller Uba sought assistance of the association to partner with his team by embarking on sensitisation exercise for their members.
This, he said is capable of dissuading smugglers, the people patronising them and those sabotaging government’s policies..

He emphasised, “Section-147 of Customs Law gives power to Customs officers to search and raid premises suspected to be housing smuggled goods. Therefore, any shop, company or house identified to be stocked with smuggled items will not be spared”.

More so, the achievements of Sector-3 since border closure started include reduction in smuggling of arms, prohibited items , drugs and Sub-standard foods with potentials to cause health hazards.

His words, “Other feats include reduction in human/Child trafficking, illegal migration, reduction in the quantity of PMS consumed daily in Nigeria with about 10 million litres. This is presumed to be the average quantity of PMS usually smuggled from Nigeria daily into neighboring countries through numerous petrol stations along the border communities.

“In addition to that, there has been increase in government revenue accrued from payment of duties, Provision of enabling environment to boost local production especially Agriculture, enhancement of security across Kwara State/North Central zone, denial of freedom of movement to criminals and reduction in criminal activities across the state and zone in general.

“In reality, the border closure in Sector-3 has recorded seizures like 12,255 Bags of Rice, 252,000 liters of (Petroleum) PMS, 6,617 liters of AGO, 177 Vehicles, 80 Motorcycles, 160 Illegal Migrants and 11 Illicit Weapons recovered from suspected hoodlums.

“The seized items worth over N703.7 million.

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