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Customs CG Lectures Newly Promoted Comptrollers on Effective Service Delivery in Modern Customs

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Declares 2024 Comptrollers Retreat Open.

Author: Muhammad Bashir.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has tasked Comptrollers to remain resolute in streamlining operations building trust with stakeholders in their formations, as essential steps for impactful Customs management.

CGC Adeniyi made this call on Tuesday, 30 January 2024, at the Ahmad Makarfi Conference Hall of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College (NCCSC) Gwagwalada, Abuja, while delivering his paper presentation to the Comptrollers.

The CGC, whose three major agendas to improve the performance of NCS remain collaboration, consolidation, and innovation, described establishing strong mutual relationships with stakeholders as ‘important for NCS’, urging that they be carried along.

He expressed optimism that the Service can achieve great milestones by forming new collaborations, adding, “The service needs to work with other agencies of government to see the amazing revolution that we are seeing in the world.”

Speaking on the positive aspects of technology, CGC Adeniyi re-emphasized his standpoint on enhancing the Service’s standards technologically, adding, “There is so much going on in technology these days. If you compare the days when you joined the Service, you will see that technology has changed many things.”

He said embracing technological approach that relates to artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics will enable the Customs Administration to explore areas that look extremely remote and advanced.

Continuing his presentation, CGC Adeniyi relates the idea of leveraging technology to the Service’s plans to curb smuggling across Nigeria, stating that “with the established restriction on importation of rice, it means we have a very critical responsibility to ensure that we do not allow the act because that speaks to the issue of food security.’’

The CGC, who earlier declared the retreat open for the newly promoted Comptrollers, reiterated the Service’s commitment to introduce initiatives that promote trade facilitation by conducting valid scientific studies on the business environment.

He said the initiative will significantly contribute to the realization of objectives and the commitment to advancing regional cooperation and integration.

He emphasized that the initiative will positively impact in fostering economic prosperity across the African continent as the Service sets to implement the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

He said, “As we refine procedures, strengthen compliance mechanisms, propose transparency, and outline a strategic consolidation policy without revision, evaluating entry by small and medium enterprises becomes a cornerstone of our economy.

On his part, the Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), DCG Sa’idu Galadima, applauded the Comptroller-General of Customs for gracing the opening ceremony of the retreat.

DCG Galadima described the retreat as another chance to bring together officers of like minds with the aim of refreshing memories on Customs procedures, management, and contemporary issues.

He said, “We are here to share knowledge amongst ourselves to build a better Nigeria Customs Service. Therefore, the efforts that the CGC is exerting towards equipping officers and men of the service with the technical know-how on the work is highly commendable.’’

DCG Galadima, however, took the initiative to engage Comptrollers in a brainstorming session on the major agenda set by the Comptroller-General of Customs.

He expressed optimism that, by the end of the day, a comprehensive blueprint would emerge, showcasing the participants’ commitment to the CGC’s innovative agenda.

Earlier, the National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, presented a paper on Stakeholders Management, Media Community, and Employee Relationship.

PRO Maiwada took the newly promoted Comptrollers through various strategies on how Commands and Formations of the Nigeria Customs Service across the Federation can relate to media and members of the public.

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Customs Kickstarts 2-Day ICT/Modernization Retreat for Management Team

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Author: Muhammad Bashir.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, marked Friday, 1 March 2024, as a pivotal moment for his administration, heralding an era of digital transformation within the Service.

Addressing attendees at the 2-day NCS 2024 ICT—Modernization Management Retreat in Abuja, CGC Bashir Adewale reiterated his commitment to leveraging technology to streamline customs operations. He emphasized the importance of engaging stakeholders to ensure the seamless execution of this ambitious project.

“In 2024, we cannot afford to remain entrenched in outdated practices. Stakeholders are demanding a Customs Service that embraces technology to enhance efficiency and transparency.” CGC Adeniyi remarked.

Encouraging his Management Team, particularly in ICT, to champion the digitalization efforts, he urged them to harness internal resources to expedite the implementation of the electronic cargo tracking system.

He, however, emphasized that “It is imperative that we modernize every facet of the Customs Enforcement Ecosystem. We must also integrate technology to fortify our operations.”

Welcoming the CGC to the retreat, the Chairman of Trade Modernization Project Limited, Alhaji Saleh Ahmadu, lauded the CGC’s resolve, highlighting the pivotal role of trade in national development. He underscored that the modernization initiative would revolutionize the NCS’s operations, fostering a conducive environment for trade across Nigeria and the African continent.

Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of ICT/Modernisation, ACG Kikelomo Adeola, commended the CGC’s unwavering commitment to the project. She highlighted its significance in reshaping, digitizing, and modernizing the Service’s activities.

“Welcome to this landmark retreat, where we embark on a journey to recalibrate and modernize the Service, aligning it with international standards.” ACG Adeola stated.

The NCS 2024 ICT-Modernization Management Retreat sets the stage for a transformative era in the Nigeria Customs Service, signaling its readiness to embrace technological advancements in pursuit of operational excellence.

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Customs Oyo/Osun Command Intercepts Fake Drugs, Others, Worth Over N1.8B

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…As Comptroller Ben Expresses Dedication to Protect Well-being of Citizens

Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Area Command, has intercepted sacks of fake Pharmaceutical drugs worth over N1.8billion.

Customs Area Controller Comptroller Ben Oramalugo disclosed this to reporters during a press briefing at the Command headquarters on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Comptroller Ben stated that the Commands anti-smuggling activities have been strategically positioned to ensure the Federal Government’s policy on border closure is totally enforced by preventing the importation of prohibited items harmful to the great citizens of Nigeria. He also expressed the effort to prevent the exportation of essential food resources for individual economic gains by some economic saboteurs.

“We have successfully intercepted and seized contraband goods, including items that pose threats to economic stability and lives of citizens in the country,” He added.

Highlights of the seizures include 53 sacks of fake Pharmaceutical drugs with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦1,739,000,000.00, 1,309 pieces of used tyres with a DPV of ₦70,140,000.00.

Others are; 345 × 50kg bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice, 344 × 25 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 4 Wraps (4 Kilogram) of Indian Hemp, 45 Sacks, 8 Sacks (9 Bales) of Used Clothings and Shoes, 34 Cartons of Foreign Wine, and 40 Bottles (5 litres), 21 Bottles (1 litres) of Foreign Vegetable Oil, all with a Total DPV of N1,890,022,931.00.

The CAC stated that, despite the prevailing economic challenges, the Command demonstrated resilience and efficiency in revenue generation by collecting the sum of N5,664,295,751.15 in February 2024. When added to the sum of N6,824,954,338.96, already collected for January 2024, the cumulative sum of N12,489,250,090.11 was collected so far for the fiscal year of 2024.

Comptroller Ben reiterated that all Borders within the Commands Area of Responsibility are still closed due to the Federal Government policy on Border closure and as such, “Command Officers remain vigilant and dedicated to preventing the smuggling of items that could compromise the health and well-being of our citizens.”

He appreciated the efforts of all Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen and Key Stakeholders in both Oyo and Osun States, who have continued to enlighten their people about the negative effect of smuggling on the economy.

The CAC expressed the Nigeria Customs Service’s unwavering commitment to transparency, accountability, and the nation’s overall well-being. “We are confident that, through collective efforts, we can overcome the challenges we face and contribute to a more secure and prosperous future for Nigeria.”

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COWA Collaborates with Youths, Women to Combat Drug Abuse

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Author: Iruoghene Abra, Muhammad Bashir.

The National President of the Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA), Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi, has expressed readiness to partner with the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria as part of her plans to empower women through various ‘progressive’ programs aimed at improving their economic status.

Mrs. Kikelomo made this declaration during a meeting with members of the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria, led by Ambassador Ibrahim Ibrahim, at the COWA National Secretariat on Thursday, 29 February 2024. She also emphasized her dedication to supporting women through educational initiatives.

In an address, Mrs. Kikelomo commended the organization’s executives for their tireless efforts in achieving the organization’s goals and objectives. She urged the young executives to continue their exemplary work in serving humanity.

Highlighting COWA’s activities, the President outlined initiatives such as providing support for women and children, empowering them with new skills and startup kits, and serving as the voice for the voiceless in society.

She emphasized that COWA stands as a pillar of support for wives and children during times of need, advocating for the rights of women who face similar challenges and discrimination in society.

Addressing the importance of mutual support, the COWA National President stressed the significance of women supporting each other to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential.

She remarked, “The strength of a woman should not be measured by the challenges she faces but by her resilience in overcoming them.”

Continuing, she emphasized, “A healthy wife brings a wealthy life, as the well-being of women is crucial for the prosperity of households and communities.”

Mrs. Adeniyi highlighted the transformative power of education for women, stating, “When women are empowered, they contribute significantly to the economy, health, education, and all sectors of society, leading to positive change.”

She advocated for women to hold significant societal positions, citing their consistent ability to surpass expectations.

Mrs. Adeniyi reiterated COWA’s commitment to empowering women and children, expressing willingness to collaborate with the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria to achieve shared objectives.

In response, the National Coordinator of the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria, Ambassador Ibrahim Ibrahim, briefed COWA on the organization’s activities, which include encouraging women to embrace education and advocating against child abuse and domestic violence.

He highlighted the organization’s focus on supporting widows and children, facilitating skill acquisition, and caring for the elderly, praising Mrs. Adeniyi’s leadership and integrity expressing confidence in her ability to lead COWA to greater heights.

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