April 16, 2024

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Customs reopens Kamba border for international trade

Following directives from the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, the newly appointed Controller of Kebbi Command, Comptroller Iheanacho Ernest Ojike, has reopened the Kamba Border.

Addressing stakeholders, including the district head of Kamba, Alh. Mamuda Fana, and representatives from sister agencies, shortly after reopening the border on Friday, Comptroller Ojike emphasized the strategic importance of the Kamba Border in Kebbi’s revenue generation.

In a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Tajuddeen Salisu, weekend, Comptroller Ojike stated that the border reopening was aimed at paving way for legitimate trade that would impact positively on nation building, and not a permission for importation of prohibited items that would “ransack the economy and compromise national security”.

He reiterated the commitment of the Customs Command to facilitate seamless trade across the Kamba border, provided stakeholders adhere to Customs extant laws, declare goods accurately, and pay appropriate duties to the Federal Government.

He also emphasized the prohibition of food grains for exportation, citing the scarcity of food in the country.

Responding, the district head of Kamba expressed gratitude to the federal government for the reopening of the border, acknowledging the renewed hope it brings to cross-border traders and small-scale business owners in Kamba town.

He pledged to work closely with his community to ensure compliance with legitimate trade practices and discourage illicit activities.

In a separate development, Comptroller Ojike paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Gwandu, Major General Muhammed Bashir Iliyasu (Rtd), seeking his blessings and cooperation in ensuring steady trade across borders.

The visit also aimed to foster mutual cooperation and collaboration among sister agencies to curb smuggling activities and enhance security in host communities.

 

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