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Tinubu to decide on border reopening



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The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi, said that only President Bola Tinubu has the prerogative to reopen the borders in the country.

He stated this on Saturday during an interaction session with members of the Kongolam boundary community in Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Adeniyi, who was reacting to agitations for the reopening of the borders, assured that engagements and consultations were being held regarding the issue.

“Once consultations are concluded, a decision will be taken on the matter,” he said.

Continuing, Adeniyi assured that the Customs will focus on removing obstacles militating against free trade in line with the present administration’s agenda of fostering economic prosperity.

Adeniyi maintained that proactive measures had been employed to reduce the number of checkpoints along the border posts and promote synergy between the Service personnel and traders, NAN reported.

“We are conscious of the concerns of the boundary communities, particularly with regard 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 of residents of the border communities to the President, and because he has listening ears, he directed that we release confiscated food items, on the condition that they will only be sold in the Nigerian markets,” he said.

Adeniyi, who also visited former President Muhammadu Buhari and the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruq-Umar, disclosed that the Service is collaborating with the police and other sister agencies to address obstacles militating against free trade in the border areas.

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

“We will continue to monitor and ensure that food 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 in enforcing the various laws prohibiting the exportation of food items at this time,” he stressed.