By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA – A civil society group, Campaign for Democracy, CD has given the Buhari lead Federal Government a 30-day ultimatum within which to commence the process of awarding the contract for the rehabilitation of Orile-Igamnu/Badagry expressway leading to Seme Border and linking Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, among other African countries.
CD said the dilapidated condition of the 15-kilometer road spanning from Orile-Igamnu via Badagry to Seme Border where the Nigerian Customs generate a lot of money for the Federal Government as revenue from import and export duties, is too inexplicable that no fewer than three persons lose their lives to ghastly motor accidents along the road on monthly basis.
National Publicity Secretary of CD, Dede Uzor A. Uzor who spoke to newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra state shortly after the newly elected national officers of CD paid a courtesy visit to the Comptroller of Customs in-charge of Seme Border, David Victor Dimka (DVD), said a situation where billions of naira are generated by the Customs at the Seme Border and yet the road to the Border is impassable does not augur well for the image of the country, not to talk of its economic advancement.
During the courtesy call in his office, the CD national executive team led by its President, Comrade Ifeanyi Odili, Uzor A. Uzor and other executive members, CD showered abundant praises to Comptroller Dimka for his outstanding achievements so far in the area of revenue generation, to the extent that he was able to generate well over N1.07 billions in February, 2016 alone, first in history in terms of revenue generation since the creation of Seme Border.
CD also praised Dimka for sacking and dismantling illegal checkpoints mounted to extort and breed corruption in the country and urged others to take a cue from him, adding that he had equally brought about discipline and professionalism into his assignment and duties..
CD said they were equally excited by the N5.4 billion seizure of contraband goods during his tenure as the Comptroller of Customs in-charge of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone C. Owerri within three years before he was posted to Seme Border, thus breaking record since the inception of FOU Zone C.