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Insecurity: Group Canvasses For National Debate On Pre-Shipment Inspection Cancellation

The federal government has been urged to embark on investigations into the need to combat insecurity in the nation by reviewing the lagoon in ports across the country.

A Non-Governmental Organization, the Social Integrity Network (SIN), in a statement issued over the weekend, attributed the cancellation of the Pre-Shipment Inspection to the reason why the fight against insurgency continues to fail.

The group’s spokesman, Mallam Ibrahim Issah, said there is a need for a public debate to address the merit or demerit of the action as approved by the Nigerian Customs Service some years ago.

“If the federal government really seeks the protection of lives and property of Nigerians, it is necessary that President Muhammadu Buhari reverse the policy with immediate effect and also investigate further the damage caused so far in the Nigerian economy.”

“This is the reason why the huge sums of money that were voted to combat insecurity have not yet manifested while many Nigerians die daily.

“We believe it is worthwhile to organize a national debate for experts to give their opinions on the cancellation of the pre-shipment inspection, while we urge the leaders of the Ninth National Assembly to quickly investigate this action before it collapses Nigeria’s economy.

“It is sad to note that the pre-shipment inspection that was canceled during the mandate of the former Customs Comptroller, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi, has paved the way for the effects of the car.” We want to ask categorically that, was the cancellation approval granted by the President and the Commander in Chief, by the
Leadership of the National Assembly, by the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice or by his personal decision?

However, the group also implored Senate President Senator Ahmad Lawan to establish a committee to instigate the activities of the Standard Organization of Nigeria to defend the numerous accusations against the manufacturers.

“It is necessary that SON provide detailed accounts of how the roofing sheets of inferior quality are reaching the Nigerian markets despite the MANCAP and SONCAP tariffs imposed on importers and exporters.

“If the Nigerian Customs Service and the Standard Organization of Nigeria cannot catch smugglers, the federal government of Nigeria must order the State Department, the Nigerian police and the Presidential Committee on bad business practices to join deploy the machinery in their arsenals to advance the matter and detect those behind the threat of smuggling in Nigeria, “he added.