neighbouring countries comply with trade protocols as provided under the
agreement of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the
That was the view of the National Chairman of the All
Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, who said he maintained the
same position as his party.
Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali ( Rtd) in Abuja.
other authorities to fight against allowing Nigeria to become a dumping ground
for substandard goods, and added that the APC was fully aware of what he called
an organised pressure to blackmail the Service to withdraw its decision on
from businessmen who only have their selfish interest at heart and against the overall
good of the nation, as he blamed several health issues on consumption of some imported
other diseases ravaging our people. These are the cause of it. Rice that have
been abandoned in silos abroad are repackaged and brought here.
then we should support that by producing what we consume.
and import poverty into the country.
way of protecting the economy. We’re convinced that you’re doing well. We want
to publicly identify with the bold steps of the Service.
continue to celebrate our foreign policy that centres on African development
that has made us a dumping ground. Things have changed. States should have
control over their territory. America is saying America first. It is building
walls to protect its territory. China and others did the same. That is what we are
that came in through our borders, we cannot fold our arms and do nothing.
employment and welfare of the masses. They are his support base. Poor rural
farmers who are the majority do not have any business subsidizing the food we
eat. They are into business and they should survive. No more importing what we
can produce here and create a glut and the farmers lose,” he said.
recorded a monthly revenue of N115 billion in the month of September, while
N9.2 billion was collected in one day as a result of the partial closure of the
influx of bandits, arms, tramadol and other prohibited items, but noted that attempts made to address the perennial menace had not yielded much results.
and redeployment and using the little technologies we have but it has not
they find it hard to adhere to the transit goods protocol.
help escort goods meant for Nigeria and deliver it at the Krake border. They
complied for only a week and stopped.
through. We went to Benin for four days and adjusted the protocol and other
agreements and yet we didn’t get the right results.
meant for Nigeria. All francophone nations don’t eat it. They are now the third
highest importer of parboiled rice and yet they’re just 12 million people.
not good for consumption and its worsened by the means of smuggling. Using
dirty boats, canoes, rickety vehicles and all that.
producing our local rice is N15,000 a bag but how can they sell cheaper? Again,
one bag of maize is N4,000 but one bag of fertilizer is N5,000, so how can they
break even? This closure is expected to force Benin Republic and other to obey
protocols we signed. Until we see genuine changes, this exercise will continue,”