Published On: Fri, Jun 21st, 2019

Boko Haram hampering our operations, Customs Zone B coordinator laments

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From Femi Oyelola, kaduna

The Zonal Coordinator, Nigeria Customs Services (NSC), Zone ‘B’, Assistant Comptroller General ( ACG), Abubakar Bashir has said that the revenue generation of the zone which is the life-wire of the country is being threatened by Boko Haram insurgency in recent years.
He disclosed this when the executive members of Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ), Kaduna State council paid him a courtesy visit in his office, in Kaduna yesterday
ACG Bashir recalled that prior to the advent of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges, the zone was known for sub-saharan trading activities and high volume of cargo goods coming into the entire north.
He said, “This zone, and all northern part is the life-wire of the country in terms of trading activities and revenue generation. This is even traced to the history of Sub-Saharan trading routes domiciled in Kano, Chad, Burkina Faso, and so on and so forth.
“The volume of Cargo goods coming to the north was so much, but insecurity has reduced the cargo drastically. So I look at the zone as economic importance to the nation, and administratively too. We now have the dry port, national and international airports in the zone.
“But activities of Boko Haram and other security issues have hampered alot of economic contributions from and with other countries in terms of economic activities in the zone.
“One area that we need to improve is community custom relationships for information. The first problem I noticed when I took charge of this zone is lack of information from communities to Customs.
‘We will reach out to the communities, leaders, traditional leaders and groups for adequate information.
We Need to show case to the people how to make proper exportation and importation.
“We intend to organize import and export seminar in the zone where relevant stakeholders will be invited to improve their services. This is going to be the first of its kind in the zone.
‘We want to collaborate with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to help in informing the Customs Service wherever and whenever it is going wrong.”
Earlier, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council, Comrade Yusuf Adamu assured the Customs zone ‘B’ Coordinator that, “NUJ is ready to partner with the Nigeria Customs Services for the development and progress of the country.”

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