Why borders must remain closed for now — Hameed Ali

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Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd)
Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd)

The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali, on Friday insisted that closure of borders will continue for a while irrespective of the pressure from the nation’s neighbours to reopen them.

He said that Nigeria has to first think of her survival before considering the impact of the closure on neighbours.

According to him, Nigeria must lay the foundation for its growth in order to prop her industrialists to reason and grow.

Without taking the strategic step to sanitize her system, the Customs boss said that Nigeria will become a dumping ground for all manner of products when the African Continental Free Trade takes off in earnest.

He spoke as the Special Guest of Honour at the Graduation Ceremony of Senior Course 3 in of the Nigerian Customs and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

He was thankful to the Nigerian Police Force, whom he said their support for the boarder closure was awesome.

He noted that Nigeria is blessed with the population of 200 million that can consume all her products, which renders the immediate need for external patronage inexpedient.

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