Kwara Monarchs Pledge Support For Customs Anti Smuggling Campaign

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The Customs Area Controller, Kwara Command, Compt. HB Ahmed fsi

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

The Customs Area Controller, Kwara Command, Compt. HB Ahmed fsi as part of measures to sensitize border communities of dangers of smuggling to the Country tour Emirate councils of Ilesha Baruba, Yashkira and Okuta axis of Baruten Local Government area of Kwara State.

Compt. Ahmed while at Ilesha Baruba Emir’s Palace acknowledged the critical role the traditional institutions/rulers can play especially in the areas of sensitization and enlightenment of their entire subjects, Stakeholders and society at large.

He said his visit was to formally inform the Emir that the Kwara Command has been given autonomy and familiarize with him as the pioneer Customs area controller.

The Controller added that the enlightenment campaigns on smuggling activities will be intensified, as most of those who engage in smuggling never see it as a crime.

Compt. Ahmed while at Ilesha Baruba Emir’s Palace acknowledged the critical role the traditional institutions/rulers can play especially in the areas of sensitization and enlightenment of their entire subjects, Stakeholders and society at large.

He said his visit was to formally inform the Emir that the Kwara Command has been given autonomy and familiarize with him as the pioneer Customs area controller

The Controller noted that the enlightenment campaigns on smuggling activities will be intensified, as most of those who engage in smuggling never see it as a crime.

While explaining reasons behind borders closure, HB Ahmed said Federal Government closed its borders to encourage local farming, secure our National borders and to enable the neighboring countries to obey the ECOWAS PROTOCOL.

In his response, the Emir of Ilesha Baruba, Prof. Halidu Abubakar Derikureku IIII pledged to do whatever it takes to support the Controller to succeed, as smuggling is never a good thing to be encouraged.

At the Emir of Yashkira’s Palace, the Customs Area Controller emphasized that we cannot afford to rest on our oars particularly at this critical time of our National life as the myriad of irregular migration and trans-border crimes such as smuggling of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, drugs trafficking and terrorism among others must be tackled headlong and that was what informed the federal government to close it borders.

The Emir of Yashkira, Umar Sarki Sabikpasi II responded that this is the first time a Controller of Customs visited his domain and sought for a program that will sensitize his community; he explained that Nigeria Customs Service is almost the heart of the Nation when it comes to revenue generation. The Emir threw his weight behind border closure as most of smuggling activities taking place in his jurisdiction is been perpetrated by non indigenes.

The Kwara Command Boss who met the Emir and youths at Okuta implored them to with security agencies domiciled in their areas to stamp out smuggling in the country, noting that it will boost production of locally produced goods, increases government revenue and provide employment for the people.

He also used the opportunity to meet other security agencies including Police, NDLEA, Immigration and Civil Defence

The Controller concluded his visit by inspecting office accommodation donated to Okuta outstation of the Command by Federal Ministry of Works.

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