By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Speaker Kwara State Speaker House of Assembly, Hon. Salihu Yakubu Danladi has lamented that parts of his constituency are going through untold hardship resulting from fuel scarcity following order to stop selling product to fuel stations close to borders.
He expressed this while paying a courtesy visit to Coordinators’ office, in company of Chairman House Committee on Education and Human Capital Development, Hon. Mohammed Baba Salihu.
He expressed grave concerns over the hardship of fuel scarcity presently being faced by the four (4) district of Baruten Local Government Area of the state (Ilesha Baruba-Okuta-Chikanda Axis).
The Anti-Smuggling Czar Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba was recently posted to Joint Border Operations Drill, North Central Zone, Sector, 3 Ilorin, Kwara State.
He took over from ACG Aminu Dahiru and He has since assumed duty.
He appealed to the Sector Coodinator to reconsider the decision of fuel supply 20km to border communities, as a liter of Petrol is being sold between 250-300 Naira.
He said the decision is taking too toll on his people and the hardship is gradually becoming unbearable.
Compt. Mohammed Uba Garba expressed satisfaction for the speaker to take the bull by the horn by coming forward to chart a way forward for his people which mean he is a great leader who is concerned about his people.
He declared that partial border closure was not to witch-hunt or obstructs any legal businesses nor any community but to prevent illegal exportation of Petroleum Products, encourage local farmers, control the inflow of arms and ammunition, illicit drugs and all other prohibited goods to the country and to also enable the neighboring countries to obey the ECOWAS PROTOCOL.
The Compt. Who is posted from Seme Area Command to Sector Three 3 said that Nigeria Customs service is just an implementer of Federal Government policies and advised that the State Government should channel their grievances through the appropriate quarters.
The Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba Concluded that he will soon be visiting the Border Communities, during the visit, he will use the opportunity to meet with those who are into legitimate businesses, as he cannot rest on its 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, Petroleum Product, human trafficking, drugs trafficking and terrorism among others must be tackled headlong and that was what informed the Federal Government to close it borders, as most of those who engage in smuggling never see it as a crime.
It will recalled that the Nigeria Customs Service on the 20th of August, 2019 to be precise partially closed its Borders for betterment of the Nation’s economy and for the neighboring countries to abide by ECOWAS Protocols.