The Kebbi State Government has commended the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) on reopening of Kamba Border and expressed support for Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kebbi Area Command in the discharge of its statutory functions.
The Government expressed its commitment at the sensitization exercise organised by the Customs Area Controller, Kebbi Area Command to signal the reopening of Kamba Border, on Monday 25th April, 2022.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Commerce and industry, Garba Ibrahim Geza, the Governor expressed optimism that the reopening of the border would impact positively on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and youths in the State.
Earlier, the Customs Area Controller of Kebbi Command, Comptroller Joseph Attah told the stakeholders and indigenes of Kamba that the reopening of the border presents an opportunity for legitimate business activities across the border.
He said the border reopening was not an invitation to illegitimate trade and it was not permission for importation of every manner of goods especially those that could compromise national security but to allow trade that could improve the economy and impact positively on people.
Attah noted that his officers and men were ready to facilitate legitimate trade and do all within the ambit of the law to make trade across Kamba Border seamless as long as stakeholders import what is allowed by the law, make proper declaration and pay appropriate duties to the Federal Government coffers.
He took time to explain the import and clearance procedure to the audience, emphasizing the need for strict compliance. The District Head of Kamba, Mahmuda Fana, who could not hide his joy, commended the Federal Government for the development noting that the reopening would boost economic activities in the border town and the nation at large.
Representatives of all relevant Government units at the border as well as representatives from Niger Republic attended the sensitization programme.