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CGC Adeniyi introduces Customs Service advancement vision at diplomatic dinner

The Customs Chief stressed the Act's emphasis on deploying automation processes, the use of a single window and authorised economy operators’ system, incorporating Advanced Ruling, and expanding the use of scanners, signaling a move towards modernisation.

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CGC Adeniyi introduces Customs Service advancement vision at diplomatic dinner

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Bashir Adeniyi MFR, played host to a distinguished gathering on Tuesday, 19 December 2023. The event was attended by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassadors from the United States and Germany, and delegates from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, as well as the World Bank.

The dinner, held at the Management Quarters of the Service in Abuja, marked the conclusion of the year 2023.

The noteworthy occasion revolved around the Customs Service’s activities throughout the year and sparked discussions on innovative ideas to enhance efficiency.

Addressing the diplomats, CGC Adeniyi stressed the NCS’s dedication to embracing new technological advancements. He outlined plans for extensive scanner installations, the implementation of data analytics, and the adoption of open-door policies to collaborate with stakeholders, ultimately facilitating trade in the country.

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He stated, “Now that we have a new government and I took over in the middle of this year, we have a lot of explanations to make to all these stakeholders. We have a responsibility to carry out massive sensitisation of awareness on the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023.”

 

CGC Adeniyi introduces Customs Service advancement vision at diplomatic dinner

CGC Adeniyi also revealed ongoing plans to engage Area Controllers from different formations to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the Act, thereby enhancing their work. He described the new Act as ‘User Friendly,’ highlighting its provisions that favour trade facilitation in Nigeria.

The Customs Chief stressed the Act’s emphasis on deploying automation processes, the use of a single window and authorised economy operators’ system, incorporating Advanced Ruling, and expanding the use of scanners, signaling a move towards modernisation.

Regarding wildlife smuggling, CGC Adeniyi assured the diplomats of his commitment to sustaining the battle against illicit wildlife trade in Nigeria. While highlighting collaborative efforts with stakeholders, he specifically pointed out the importance of international cooperation in customs activities.

The diplomats commended the NCS’s dedication and pledged ongoing collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking and related criminal activities.

The dinner, attended by members of the Management Team of the Nigeria Customs Service, provided a platform for fostering collaboration and understanding between the NCS and the representatives of the international community.

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