Customs CG Speaks on Border Reopening in Nigeria

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, emphasized that only President Bola Tinubu holds the authority to reopen borders in the country. He conveyed this during an interaction session with members of the Kongolam border community in Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State, on Saturday.

Adeniyi addressed the ongoing agitation for the reopening of borders, reassuring that consultations and engagements were actively underway regarding the matter. He indicated that once these consultations were concluded, a decision would be reached.

In alignment with the present administration’s economic agenda, Adeniyi highlighted the Nigeria Customs Service’s focus on eliminating obstacles hindering free trade. He mentioned proactive measures aimed at reducing the number of checkpoints along the border posts and fostering better synergy between Service personnel and traders.

Adeniyi provided assurance to the border community that the Nigeria Customs Service operated within the boundaries of the law and its delegated powers. Additionally, he acknowledged concerns and complaints from border residents, stating that these had been communicated to the President.

Furthermore, Adeniyi mentioned that President Tinubu directed the release of confiscated food items, albeit with the condition that they be sold exclusively in Nigerian markets. This directive reflects efforts to address the concerns raised by border residents and ensure compliance with regulatory measures.

Adeniyi emphasized the collaboration between the Customs Service, Police, and other sister agencies to address obstacles affecting free trade in border areas.

He stressed the importance of keeping food produced in Nigeria within the country’s borders, especially during the current period of food insufficiency, urging collective efforts to enforce laws prohibiting the exportation of food items.