House of Reps Call on Nigeria Customs to Consider Plights of People, Comply with Directive on Border Check Points at Idiroko, Others

… Urge FG to provide palliatives to those living around land borders

BY OBUTE JAMES

The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Nigerian Customs Service to consider the plights of people living around borders in Idiroko and other places across the
country and comply with the directive on land border road check point.

The Green Chamber also urged urge the Nigerian Customs Service to allow non-petroleum commodities like biscuits, cement, soft drinks and other consumables to go beyond 20 kilometers from the border so that the people can conduct their legitimate businesses with ease.

The lawmakers through the motion of Hon. Kolawole Lawal, Chairman House Committee on Ethics and Privileges also urged the Federal Government to provide palliatives to the border communities in Ogun State and other border communities across the country in order to ameliorate the sufferings caused by the continued closure of the land borders.

Hon. Kolawole Lawal, Chairman House Committee on Ethics and Privileges

Presemnting the motion on Tuesday 21st Match, 2022 by Hon. Kolawole Lawal who represnts Ipokia/Egbado Federal Constituency of Ogun State said the closure of the land border at Idiroko has caused untold hardship for the people as they are unable to freely conduct their regular businesses in order to earn a living;

Read the motion below.

Need to Relocate Customs Land Border Road Check Point, Idiroko to an Accurate 20 Kilometers Away

Notes that on November 6, 2019, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service issued a directive banning discharge of petroleum products in any filling station within 20 kilometers to any land border in Nigeria;

Also notes that since this directive, all the land borders in the country has complied with the directive, including Idiroko land border in Ogun State;

Aware that the 20km from the land border, in the case of Idiroko land border area in Ogun state, erroneously terminates at Ajilete community in Yewa South Local Government Area;

Cognizant that the accurate disance of 20km from the Idiroko land border terminates at Ihunbo community, thus the check point should be stationed accordingly;

Concerned that the closure of the land border at Idiroko has caused untold hardship for the people as they are unable to freely conduct their regular businesses at the border to earn a living;

Worried that the personnel of the Border Drill Unit who are charged with the responsibility to enforce the directive, in violation of the circular which is specific about petroleum products,are preventing the residents from transporting other commodities like biscuits, cement, soft drinks and other consumables beyond Ajilete community;

Resolves to:

Urge the Nigerian Customs Service to adhere to the accurate measured 20km from Idiroko border which is Ihunbo Community in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State and other land borders across Nigeria.

Also urge the Nigerian Customs Service to allow non-petroleum commodities like biscuits, cement, soft drinks and other consumables to go beyond 20 kilometers from the border so that the people can conduct their legitimate businesses with ease;

Further call on the Federal Government to provide palliatives to the border communities in Ogun State and other border communities across the country in order to ameliorate the sufferings caused by the continued closure of the land borders;

Mandate the Committees on Customs and Excise and Special Duties to ensure compliance.

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