Gov Okorocha seeks more customs’ slots for Ndigbo

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has called for more slots to the Igbo in the Nigerian Customs, saying that Ndigbo are not adequately represented in that Federal establishment.
The government was speaking when the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Colonel Hammed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Owerri.
The governor, who also made a case for a customs training institute in the South East, said that the Igbo constitute about 70 percent of the customers of the NCS and so there is the need for the service to build a stronger relationship with the people.
He said that the Igbos are known in the world as traders and pointed out that there is a communication gap between traders and the customs which often leads to a misunderstanding between the two.
The governor called for an enlightenment forum where the laws would be explained to the traders and stakeholders.
Owelle Okorocha urged the comptroller-general to extend its full operations to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport to reduce traders’ ugly experience in moving their goods by road.
Speaking, the comptroller- general said that he was in the state to visit the command in Imo.
He noted that the bulk of importers are from the South East and admitled that the customs, which he said contributes higher revenue to government next to oil, cannot succeed if it does not relate well with its customers.
He assured that the NCS will interact with the traders.

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