Association wants more government agencies at borders to curtail smuggling

Alhaji Olayiwola Shittu, National President, Association of Customs Licensed Agents(ANLCA), says more government agencies should be transferred to the border areas to curtail smuggling.

Shittu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The ANALCA chieftain noted that the need for more hands at the borders was necessary because of the rising incidence of smuggling.

``We have very porous borders. We have even advised that rather than pack all these government agencies at the ports, let them be taken to the land borders.

``You will discover that if those people are to man our borders officially, there will be less smuggling,” Shittu said.

He added that even in countries where advanced technology had been adapted to combat such nefarious activities, the act could only be curtailed but not completely eradicated.

``In anywhere in the world, smuggling can never be eradicated. Even in America, Britain, with all their fantastic ability to combat smuggling, it is not possible.

``So, when the government now puts stiff conditions, you also know that Nigerians are very pro-active, whatever they want, they have a way of bringing it in,” he said.