The controller general of Nigeria customs service, col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) has described border closure as the best and strategic means of saving the country from collapsing.
Ali made this remark at a stakeholders meeting held at Ogun area command of the service in idiroko.
According to him, smuggling kill a nation’s economy, a phenomenon he believes has been putting the country backward for a very long time and which must be addressed.
He was quoted in a statement as saying any government that believes in the economic growth of its county would not close its eyes to the abysmal smuggling that had almost run Nigeria aground saying that it remains cankerworm that had to be expunged from the system.
He noted that the spate of smuggling in the country posed a serious danger to the nation economically and security wise, hence the move by the federal government to check the imbalances.
We have abandoned local rice for foreign ones” adding that proliferation of firearms in the society was as a result of unchecked smuggling activities.
It might be your wife, children or the close relation of yours that will fall victim in the hands of gun-wielding hoodlums” the same thing goes for tramadol and other numerous contraband that flood Nigeria market.
We are able to completely block an influx of illicit goods and most importantly, stopped the exportation of petroleum products which are the biggest problem we have, through this measure, importation of foreign rice has stopped and the market for local varieties has risen.
We have also stopped the influx of foreign rice and local rice is now selling adding those selling gari that was abandoned are now buying it.
I think the economy is now picking up and we are grateful for that “he said.
On whether the border will be open, he noted that if the neighbouring countries agree with us tomorrow on the existing laws, then we sign and update the existing protocol of transit, we will resend our decision
Not until that is done, there is no going back, he stated.