The Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, CGC Adeniyi Bashir Adewale, MFR, paid a visit to Katsina State Governor Dikko Umaru Radda at the Muhammadu Buhari Government House in Katsina. The meeting, held on Friday, August 4th, was centered around the recent presidential order to close borders linking Nigeria to the Niger Republic.
CGC Adeniyi explained that the closure of the borders was a temporary measure in response to President Ahmed Bola Tinubu‘s decision, also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The Acting CGC emphasized that this move was not aimed at undermining Nigerian businesses but was intended to safeguard democratic values and peaceful coexistence.
During the visit, CGC Adeniyi, accompanied by his team, expressed the intention to sensitize local communities about the reasons behind the border closure. This outreach aims to engage residents in understanding the necessity of the action.
The Katsina State Deputy Governor, Farouk Lawal, representing Governor Dikko Umaru Radda, welcomed the Acting CGC and conveyed unflinching support. “I want to congratulate you on your appointment, and I wish you a successful tenure,” Deputy Governor Lawal said.
The Acting CGC continued his visit by assessing the level of compliance at the Customs Katsina-Jibia Outstation. Addressing the officers at the Outstation, CGC Adeniyi urged them to communicate the rationale behind the border closure to the community. He emphasized that the decision was driven by President Tinubu’s commitment to maintaining stability and promoting meaningful economic development.
Stakeholders present at the meeting voiced their willingness to comply with the directive and offered their support throughout CGC Adeniyi’s tenure. “CGC Sir, despite the minor disruptions this decision may cause, we assure you of our full compliance and support,” a stakeholder stated.
As the visit concluded, it became evident that the decision to close the borders was being met with understanding and cooperation from the local stakeholders. CGC Adeniyi’s engagement with the Katsina State officials and the community aimed to foster transparency and dialogue during this period of border closure.