Life for no fewer than 200, 000 residents residing in over 50 communities within the Gbaji-Seme Border axis of Badagry West Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, has been 16 years of untold hardship and endless wait without electricity.
Since 1999, when a devastating rainstorm wreaked havoc in the community, felling down electric polls which connected these communities to the national power grid, the Lagos State and Federal Government had apparently abandoned the residents to live in perpetual darkness.
The Gbaji-Seme area, is a border community that links Nigeria to her neighbouring Benin Republic.
Like Tincan/Apapa ports, like Gbaji-Seme Border
Like the Tincan Island, Apapa Ports, which yearly generate billions of naira for the Nigerian government, but with residents passing through hell, over the years, to access, because the dilapidated ports access roads had been left to degenerate, residents here in Gbaji-Seme Border area, are in limbo over when they will be connected back to the grid, despite the fact that this is Nigeria’s highest revenue generating border, where the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), rakes billions of naira, annually.
N23 billion in three years
For instance, in 2012, out of its N9.6 billion target for the year, the NCS at Seme Border Command, raked about N5.1 billion at the end of August 2012.
Of its N13 billion target set for 2013, Customs generated N8.48 billion between January and December, 2013.
Similarly, between January and December, 2014, the Seme Border Command generated N9.6 billion between
Barely one month to the end of 2015, it’s not yet known what amount the NCS will put out in public to have generated. Although, its target for this year is N13 billion.
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