The Mamfe-Ekok border has been closed following the Anglophone crisis(illustrative image)
The closure of the Bamenda-Mamfe-Ekok border due to the Anglophone crisis has led to enormous loss of revenue in the North West and South West regions, Cameroon’s Director General of Customs Edwin Novaga Fongod has said.
Fongod was speaking in Bamenda, on Monday, January 15, while launching the 2018 International Customs Day under the theme: “Secure Business Environment.”
“The socio-political upheavals that caused the closure of the Bamenda –Mamfe- Ekok Nigeria Road, prevented and is still preventing customs from collecting tolls from the border with Nigeria,” he said.
Relaying the Minister of Finance’s message to Customs officials and other collectors of State revenue, Fongod implored all to step up cross-border surveillance, fight contraband goods, reduce delay in clearing goods at various ports and wharves and increase their efficiency among others.
“Trans-border insecurity needs the participation of all to work in synergy, because you can’t fight it alone. I implore each and every one to uphold high standards of professionalism in the discharge of his or her duties, because Government will continue to ensure that corrupt individuals are uprooted and hardworking customs officials are rewarded.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council, Vincent NjiNdumu, thanked the Minister of Finance for the choice of Bamenda to the launch the 2018 activities of World Customs Day.
He said, while Nigerians are importing tons of eru, irish potatoes, rice and other products which they transform into other useful consumables, Cameroon, on her part, is consuming illicit fuel, drugs, imported with ease because of the porous borders.
The Government Delegate said the Nkambe-Ako- Abwenshi–Nigeria Road, as well as Nwa–Yang, Bamenda-Wum-Benakuma roads, if maintained or tarred will automatically raise custom revenue.
Source: journal du cameroun