By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
A group of concerned citizens comprising of technocrats and seasoned politicians from the Northern Region has commended the Headquarters Special Assignment of the Nigeria Customs Service for successes so far recorded in the zone.
The group under the aegis of Change for Development (CD) angling for second term for the APC-led government in the country said that since the coming of Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs, Col Hammed Ali (rtd), the wealth of experience of the leader of the team, Assistant Comptroller of Customs Gambo Azare, who has operated in the zone for some time, is preventing banned items from flooding the Nigerian market through the zone.
CD explained that the zone that has many borders has been effectively manned by the Customs team and has checked nefarious activities of smugglers in the area.
The president of the group, Comrade Abdullahi Mamman stated this while speaking with journalists at the Northern Senators Forum Retreat in Katsina.
He said the effectiveness of Azare’s group on surveillance of the borders has made their youths which hitherto indulge in the act of taking drugs and smuggling to abandon the trade to embrace genuine ways of livelihood.
CD further said that the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari has genuinely embarked on the policy of change that it was elected on the premise, adding that Comptroller of Customs Gambo Azare’s anti smuggling team has sanitised the area, putting smugglers at bay.
The group said that the former Military Administrator of Kaduna State exuding confidence on Gambo Azare and his team to control the activities of smugglers in the area is a good omen not only for Northern economy but the entire country at large.
It appeals to the Customs authority to continue to support and encourage the Customs team in the area to bring positive change to the country.
Mamman said that academic backwardness is not the only threat bedevilling the north but poverty which has pushed many youths in the zone to social vices to earn a living.
He however said that the magic wand of Gambo Azare’s team is restoring many of the youths to life of decency.
He explained that the eagle eye of Hameed Ali the CG administered by assistant comptroller Gambo Azare has indeed rescued smuggling and crimes from entire north especially those living by the borders.
Comrade Mamman said that in festivity season like this Christmas, it could have been harvest time for smugglers, but for the Customs’ effective surveillance, the difference is the case.
He said that for the economy to grow and return the country to its prime position in Africa, the Gambo Azare team should be given the entire North for patrol and just a zone.
They call all Nigerians to support the Ahmed Ali administration in the Customs to make Nigeria a better place for all of us.