Anti-Smuggling: Customs explores partnership with Ogun border youths

Anti-Smuggling: Customs explores partnership with Ogun border youths

The Ogun Area l Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday, in its efforts at reducing the effects of smuggling on border communities and the national economy, has called for partnership with stakeholders, youths in particular.

The command’s Acting Area Controller, Deputy Comptroller Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu while speaking at the 5th annual symposium, themed, “Smuggling and Hoarding of Petroleum Products: Effects on Border Communities and National Security”, organized by the Ipokia Local Government Youth Forum (IPYF) to commemorate the 63rd Nigeria’s Independence, lamented the unwarranted attacks which had caused the death of tens of his personnel while many officers are living with permanent degrees of disabilities.

According to Shuaibu who was represented by Deputy Comptroller, Charles Ogunesan, “over the years, the Command had recorded series of horrible and unwanted
experiences in our line of lawful duties.

“We have lost scores of officers to death and permanent disability while our dear communities had also lost many of their members to the evil of this unfortunate demon called smuggling.

It is high time we say no to smuggling considering the dangers inherent in it”.

He lamented further that the sum of N1.5billion being the DPV value of seizures recorded in the last nine months would have boosted the lifestyles of both the border communities and Nigeria as a country if it were spent on legitimate trade.

He stressed the need for youths collaboration in the anti-smuggling enlightenment for its capability to discouraging illegitimate businesses which would undoubtedly reduce number of avoidable deaths and disabilities being experienced by residents of border towns.

“It is high time we say no to smugglings considering the dangers inherent in it. It retards our economic development, hampers our social well-being and endangers our national security. I want you to know that the security and development of our dear nation are the responsibility of us all”, DC Shuaibu urged.