Youths under the umbrella of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) at Seme border, Badagry, Lagos State have urged the Federal Government to secure the nation’s seaports with a view to curbing criminal activities at the nation’s ports.
Speaking through a statement signed by its Chairman, Adamu Sambo, the youths lamented the negligence of government to it seaports, land borders, import and export activities following the closure of land borders. While citing the recent discovery of 661 pump action riffles in a consignment which the landing bill claimed contained steel door, the group wondered what agencies like the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Bomb Disposals Department, Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) among others were doing. The group noted that the agencies were saddled with the responsibility of confirming and physically examining any item before the signing of any kind of goods out of the port.
The ACYF, however, commended the steps taken on assumption of duty by the office of the Controller General of Customs, in cleansing the NCS over abuse of power and illicit acts at the sea port. “Since the closure of land borders, another question begging for an answer is that has the government been able to ascertain the maximum revenue generation at the sea ports since when the land borders have been closed?
The federal government should therefore go back to her record to see how much had been lost since the closure of the land borders,” the ACYF stated. The group, therefore, stressed the need for the government to review the policy of the closure of land borders in the interest of the government and in the interest of Nigerians who have been made jobless as a result of the closure.