The Nigerian youths have passed a vote of confidence on the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi, saying his tenure has witnessed positive changes.
The Coalition of Nigerian Youths led by the United Nations Habitat Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Raymond Edoh, at a press conference in Abuja, Wednesday, said Adeniyi’s capacity and technocratic expertise to reform the Customs Service is second to none.
“His willingness and passion to digitalize the Service is unusual and we plead the federal government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to confirm him.
“In the few months, Adewale Adeniyi has been in the office as CG of the Nigerian Customs Service, we the youth of this country have seen tremendous changes in the Service, which is now gaining our trust back; I mean the trust of the youths,” Edoh said.
Speaking on the killing of 33 Nigerians at the Seme border, Edoh called on the federal government to investigate the crisis that led to the death of the Nigerians allegedly fueled by smuggling of the Nigerian crude.
Edoh, who spoke bitterly on the illegal act of smuggling, pointed out that the federal government is losing a lot of funds daily through the Nigerian borders.
He said smugglers have been using the Seme border to smuggle at least 2000 liters of fuel daily and draining the Nigerian economy undergoing hard times at the moment.
According to him, the Nigerian Customs Service should be allowed to do its job, and competent officers be emplaced on such strategic borders to bring to an end negative vices.
“Nigerians are suffering and a few individuals keep on smuggling fuel out of the already stressed economy at the detriment of the nation. This doesn’t only take place in Seme alone. Elena, Mobile, Katsina borders, and others are very cheap routes for smugglers and this must not continue again.
“The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi should as a matter of urgency act fast and put this to an end while the federal government under the dynamic leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR investigate other security agencies who are aiding this act.
“It would be better these actions are taken now else we the youth of this country will not continue to fold our arms and keep watching as our future is determined by a few individuals, illegally.
“There are various measures that can be taken to curb smuggling and strengthen border security. Some of them are increased patrolling: increase in the number of border guards and patrols to monitor the border security. Some of them are increased patrolling: increase in the number of border guards and patrols to monitor the border more closely. This will help to detect and intercept smugglers before they can cross the border with their illegal goods,” he said.