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Only President Tinubu holds authority to reopen borders, says Customs chief Adeniyi

Customs Comptroller-General Addresses Border Community, Affirms Government's Focus on Economic Prosperity

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In a candid exchange with members of the Kongolam border community in Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, underscored that the decision to reopen borders rests solely with President Bola Tinubu, amid growing calls for border resumption.

Speaking to the border community, Adeniyi assured that ongoing engagements and consultations would inform any decision regarding the reopening of borders, emphasizing the importance of collective deliberation before a conclusive stance is reached.

“We are actively engaging in consultations, and once discussions are concluded, a decision will be made,” Adeniyi affirmed, addressing concerns over the border closure and its impact on trade and livelihoods.

Highlighting the government’s commitment to fostering economic growth, Adeniyi emphasized the Customs Service’s dedication to facilitating free trade while adhering to legal frameworks and regulations.

Acknowledging the grievances of border communities, Adeniyi emphasized the service’s efforts to streamline operations, reduce checkpoints, and foster collaboration between personnel and traders.

He further revealed proactive measures to address community concerns, including the release of confiscated food items for sale exclusively within Nigerian markets, a directive sanctioned by President Tinubu himself.

In collaboration with law enforcement agencies, Adeniyi pledged to address impediments to free trade, ensuring that locally produced food remains within Nigerian borders to mitigate food scarcity during this period of national emergency.

“We must collectively work to enforce laws prohibiting the exportation of food items,” Adeniyi stressed, reaffirming the Customs Service’s commitment to safeguarding national food security and fostering economic resilience.

As conversations continue, Adeniyi’s engagement with border communities underscores the intricate balance between national security, economic prosperity, and community welfare, echoing broader discussions on governance and policy implementation in Nigeria.

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