Governor of Katsina State, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda has called on the personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, in the State, to always carry out their job with utmost diligence and professionalism, urging them to desist from harassing or intimidating civilians.
Radda made the appeal when Compt. Umar Muhammad Abubakar, the newly-posted State Comptroller of Customs Service, paid him a courtesy visit at the Katsina State Government House on Wednesday.
According to Dikko Radda, the Katsina State Government will continue to support the State Command of the Customs Service in the discharge of its constitutional mandate.
The Governor said the relationship between Customs personnel and stakeholders along border axes in the State is now improving, compared to the past when innocent citizens on transit to border communities were subjected to unnecessary harassment and intimidations from Customs officials.
He emphasized that the State Government would not in any way stop Custom officials from discharging their responsibilities.
“But at the same time, we will not allow our citizens to be subjected to unnecessary intimidations,” he noted.
Radda recalled that the State Government organized a meeting to intervene between Jibia communities and the immediate-past State Comptroller of Customs, where stakeholders drew the attention of the Customs management on how to strengthen relationships with communities along Katsina’s border axes.
The Katsina Governor urged the new Katsina Customs Comptroller to engage relevant stakeholders at border areas in the State, with the sole purpose of enlightening them about the Federal Government’s efforts to tackle inflow of drugs and weapons, among other contrabands, into the country.
Earlier, Mr. Muhammad Abubakar said his visit was to register his presence to the State Government as the new Customs’ Comptroller posted to the Katsina Area Command.
While promising to meet with heads of sister security agencies in Katsina, the Customs Comptroller assured that he would create an enabling environment for Katsina businessmen and women to conduct their legitimate businesses within and around border areas in the State.