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We have reduced smuggling by 95%- GFFMA

We have reduced smuggling by 95%- GFFMA

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Following its application of best global practices, the Global Freight Forwarders and Maritime Association (GFFMA), said Nigeria has been able to reduce the level of smuggling by 95 per cent.

Speaking during a press briefing in Lagos, National President, GFFMA, Basil Akukwe, while commending the leadership of Customs, Seme border, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, said that Comptroller Uba  has been able to dislodge the Cotonou enforcement agencies against their Nigerian Counterparts by way of applying the best global practice in the  transit of goods which stipulates that transit goods proceed straight to the country of receipt.

According to him, Uba was able to create new parks on the Nigeria side to accommodate transit goods coming into the country to park unlike in the past when transit goods are parked on Benin area which was against international best practice.

“These measures he put in place have drastically reduced smuggling of goods like rice, arms and other harmful goods coming into Nigeria by 95 per cent reduction if not 100 per cent.

More so the use of scanners has also helped to enhance smooth flow of businesses in the border as  every goods must pass through scanning unlike in the past when transit goods where parked inside Cotonou – Benin Seme axis controlled by Benin-Cotonou agencies contrary to global best practice.

Akukwe further revealed that under the watch of Comptroller Uba, the anti-smuggling scenario has changed.

“He has provided inspirational leadership by living amongst his rank and file in the barracks unlike previous officers who preferred the comfort of their rented five-star apartments in the city. This has endeared him to his subordinates’ who see in him as an officer to be trusted and counted upon in times of emergency.

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