By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
A renown Kano business man and a major fabric dealer at the popular Katin Kwari Market Kano, Alh. Gambo Abdullahi Danpass (Dan Saran Kano) has said that the total shutdown of Nigerian land boarders by the Federal Government is crippling those he called legitimate and law abiding business owners.
He said, though the intention of the Federal Govt is good, but it failed to provide alternatives to those whom have already ordered their goods and were at the verge of entering the country, leaving them stranded which has resulted to great loss.
According to him, the closure has made production difficult and more expensive for producing companies and small scale business owners as items needed for such businesses are stuck at the borders.
Dan Pass stressed that as law abiding citizens and business men, they are always ready to comply with Federal Government’s directives by ensuring that only goods allowed into the country are imported and making sure that all duties and other fees are dully paid.
He however lamented that the sudden move without giving the marketers any consideration is a thing of great concern as many are already counting their loss in millions which he said is not good for the economy of the country.
Reacting to the issue of contrabands, Gambo explained that security agencies in the country have at different times intercepted and confiscated contraband items such as weapons and other prohibited items imported into the country through the sea and via the airports, that it would be wrong to then shut the land boarders completely.
Dan Saran Kano stated that no economy develops in complete isolation from other countries of the world, that what the government must do is, ensure maximum security at the borders by deploying modern security technologies and providing the customs and sister agencies at the borders with sophisticated gadgets to aid their works.
He called on every stakeholder concerned to consider the plight of the Northern Part of the country which has no sea ports through which goods can be imported hoping that the dredging of River Niger would soon be actualized.
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