|Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and the ACG, Eporwei Edike in Ilaro|
Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, the Ashade
Agunloye 4 of Yewa Land and the Paramount Ruler of Ilaro, has called on the
Federal Government to develop border communities.
Oba Olugbenle stated this while hosting
the Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Eporwei Edike, who went to seek
peaceful co-existence of the communities and their operatives.
Oba said that the border communities where government earns revenue from had
been neglected for too long, and left without infrastructural development.
is no evidence of development here. Look at the roads, the schools, the health
Commission should take care of the border areas, which also contribute to
revenue from customs was next to oil earnings for the country, it could also do
well to impact the communities through corporate social responsibility
programmes, to bridge the gap in host communities.
indigenes of the communities be employed in the customs service, to give them a
sense of belonging as Nigerians, and not as a place for government revenue
the communities and customs operatives, the Oba said the customs service should
do more in information dissemination.
within the contraband list would check the spate of smuggling.
adopt strategies that can drive home the message as a number of those who trade
in goods across the border may not be educated enough to read such campaigns in
and write? It is therefore difficult for them to know what goods are on the
customs prohibition list.
inform them if they lack understanding.
customs should take it upon themselves to educate the people. Information is
very vital in any environment, and when the people hear directly from you, it
will go a long way to educate them,” he said.
train its officers and men, to direct them on more civil ways of dealing with
issues in the communities rather than shooting at the slightest offence.
for a review of the policy on rice importation, since the food item is a staple
eaten by majority of the people.