By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian Customs Service to dismantle roadblocks inside parts of the country in search of goods that have already been smuggled in.

The lawmakers instead urged the Controller – General to deploy more personnel to the borders to curtail the activities of smugglers.

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The Reps also asked the service to engage in continuous training and development programmes for its officers for optimal performance.

These resolutions followed a motion entitled “low service delivery and exploitation of the masses by Nigeria customs service” sponsored by Mr. Olatoye Sugar (APC, Oyo State,) during Wednesday’s plenary session.

The lawmaker while noting that the Nigerian Customs Service if effectively managed could be the highest revenue generating agency of the country said that the potentials of the service is being hindered by negligence of duties and corrupt practises amongst it’s personnel.

“Many factors, including connivance of the personnel in allowing contraband goods to be smuggled into the country, failure to enforce the payment of requisite duties, poor accountability of the revenues generated, preferential treatment of high net worth individuals among others are responsible for the low revenue generation by the service, “Sugar told the House.

The motion was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and the House adopted it.

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  1. Comment: this is a wonderful & right step taken by the house of reps. the system by the customs only portrays that states in nigeria are regarded as countries. traders are arrested even in lagos for goods bought in the open markets. customs operations should be at the boarders, sluggining it out with the smuglers & not with innocent citizens who do not know whether an item in the open jankara/balogun markets is contraband. in the same vein,which constitution empowers the controller general to single handedly opened the boarders for rice importation without any recourse to the national assembly? let him be reminded that we are no longer under military dispesation.

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