Bashir Adeniyi, the acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has expressed his intention to recommend to the Federal Government the lifting of the ban on fuel supply to border communities. He made this statement during his visit to the Idiroko border in Ogun State on Sunday. Adeniyi suggested that the Nigeria Customs Service would seek a review of the fuel supply ban to border communities, especially in light of the recent removal of fuel subsidy.
Local traditional rulers in Ipokia Local Government Area had earlier voiced their concerns about the hardships faced by their communities due to the prolonged ban on fuel supply within a 20-kilometre radius of the border. They reported that a litre of fuel was being sold for an exorbitant price of N1,000 in their areas.
Responding to their grievances, Adeniyi explained that the ban had been imposed based on a directive from the Office of the National Security Adviser before the removal of fuel subsidy. Now that the subsidy has been removed, he emphasized the necessity for a reassessment of this policy.
The acting Comptroller-General assured the people that he would make appropriate recommendations to the government for a review of the ban. He expressed optimism about achieving positive outcomes in this regard.
During the visit, Customs Area Controller Bamidele Makinde praised the acting Comptroller-General for his presence, stating that it would serve as a morale booster and enhance the performance of the customs officers. Bamidele also reaffirmed the commitment of the command to combat smuggling and other activities that undermine the nation’s economy across Ogun’s borders.
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