Monthly Archives: Apr 2012
It took so long
What it matters
To exercise a charter
On things that alters;
A differentiation that does caters
For a bourgeoning desires
That vitiates Russian roulette
To a midgetting rumpus.
Does it matter
That I wallowed so long
Unliteratured – untutored
As it were
In hemorrhagic youthful libertinage
When my heyday
On sans and withouts?
Thingify me not!
That I hitherto doddered
In transit to sagehood.
Unconscionable is your opprobrium
Risible is your ratiocination
That faltered I
Laddering to adulthood
© Femi Olabisi (January. 2007).
MOVIE: I Watched a movie titled Titanic earlier today on BBC Entertainment. But this one doesn’t have real Jack, Rose and not that interesting. I wonder why it’s named Titanic. Real Titanic keeps one on the edge of seat. #WhoTheHellProducedThis?
The Nigerian Customs Service, for millions of second-hand vehicles owners – popularly known as Tokunbo, has become something of an anathema.
The agency, though saddled with the responsibility of managing and/or protecting our somewhat porous borders, has become somehow lukewarm in its original responsibilities and substituting its weakness to explainable acts our roads. Rather than managing our borders from influx of unregistered vehicles and other goods, the agency has turned our roads into avenues where vehicles are impounded with impunity.
It is somehow strange that Nigerian Customs have decided not to stop vehicles from crossing our borders illegally but find it convenient to waylay motorists on the road and impound their vehicles.
These vehicles are brought in by motor dealers who display their wares for everybody to see and buy.
These are pertinent questions that the Nigerian Customs need to answer:
- What stops The Customs from raiding motor dealers that brought these vehicles in illegally?
- How do these vehicles get into the country without their knowledge?
- Why is it that vehicles are permanently impounded from unsuspected buyers without option of fine?
- Who are the beneficiaries of impounded vehicles?
- How long/how many years does it take a vehicle supposedly brought in illegally to be free of being impounded?
- How is the auctioning of impounded cars done? Is it by advertisement or for favoured few and friends of the Customs?
- What stops the Customs from locating the addresses of dealers that issue fake custom papers and charge them to court for fraud and impersonation?
My treatise was predicated on what happened recently. A friend’s car was impounded at Ewekoro area of Ogun State in August 2011 (that car was bought in Lagos and custom papers were issued to the unsuspecting owner). At that same spot, a motor dealer known to them escorted a caravan of vehicles, paid them on the spot and all vehicles were allowed to go. Who is this man? Is that payment official?
It is essential that the agency gets its priority right and stop creating problems for unsuspecting vehicle owners. Raid and arrest these motor dealers that bring in vehicles illegally, if truly you are not in connivance with them.
The dual carriageway between Oke-Fia and Alekunwodo in Osogbo, the Osun State capital was on Thursday April 19, 2012 barricaded with events canopies mounted on the highway. The result was hectic and heavy traffic hold-ups.
The ever busy road was cordoned off with scores of police officers, road safety officials and their vehicles. This was unacceptable and quite uncivilised by the government we elected.
On investigation, I was told that it was a rally championed by the wife of the governor to campaign against incessant rape in the state. Yes, it was a laudable but execution left bitter tastes in our months.
I was a traveller on that road, having to journey to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso and Osogbo. But to my chagrin and some other users of that road, we were subjected to delays occasioned by lack of consideration for the interest of many hapless Nigerians.
I assume everybody loves this government but this is totally unacceptable. Citizens are daily bombarded with radio and TV jingles of governmental efforts at making Osun State the best among other states in Nigeria.
The various programmes of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, particularly his O-YES programme that led to the employment of twenty thousand graduates within one hundred days in office, O-RENEWAL that was designed to add aesthetic beauty to some cities, and some others are commendable.
But having to cordoned-off one of the most important highways in the capital was unacceptable, whereas the party of the governor was sarcastic in its condemnation of the First Lady when Lagosians were subjected to a similar headache few weeks ago.
Governor Aregbesola is loved by many, but barricading a very important road is unthinkable and unacceptable.