Anti-smuggling: Western Marine Customs bags entrepreneurship development Award
.Manufacturer lauds Comptroller Binga’s team for tackling illicit trade at creeks
By Udeme Clement
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, Western Marine Command, WMC, of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Comptroller Binga B. N and his officers have been honoured with ‘Entrepreneurship Development Award’, for their outstanding anti-smuggling drive, aims at encouraging growth of local industries in the country.
The Award bestowed on Comptroller Binga, at the just concluded Anti-smuggling sensitisation workshop, organised by Financial Business Group in collaboration with Daily Business Update, attracted commendations from stakeholders in the manufacturing sector of the economy, top Customs officers from other Commands and the media on efforts by WMC in curbing illicit trade at the creeks.
That was not all. The Command also received encomiums for a well research lecture delivered at the workshop, by the officer in charge of Operations, (O/C Operations), CSC S. O. Ariyibi (PSC).
Ariyibi who aroused attention of over 290 participants at the workshop, spoke extensively on the, ‘Dangers of smuggling to the nation’s economy and the need to embrace entrepreneurship/legitimate trade, as the key to economic growth’. He further highlighted measures put in place by WMC to curb smuggling at creeks and waterways.
Ariyibi also commended the leadership prowess of Comptroller Binga in repositioning the Command for greater efficiency in its operations, even as he praised the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Ali Hameed for reforming the Service to enhance more revenue generation for government.
The high point of the lecture was when Ariyibi explained that Customs officers have been adequately trained to see more with their minds than the eyes, by being swift, constantly alert and vigilant at all times to protect the economic environment from influx of prohibited items.
The O/C Operations mentioned increase in revenue collection, promoting growth of local industries, increase in foreign reserves, self-reliance, job creation, increase in economic buoyancy of the nation and reducing the level of insecurity, as some of the benefits of legitimate trade to the economy.
Ariyibi pointed out, “The dangers of smuggling include killing the industrial sector by jeopardising growth of local industries, lack of employment for the citizens, turning the country to a dumping ground for sub-standard goods, over-dependence on imports from developed countries, colonising and enslaving the nation, brain drain- following influx of professionals abroad in search of greener pastures, breeding of more robbers -leading to insecurity in the country and lack of proper accountability of our imports and exports activities.”
Also speaking, the Chairman, T & C Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Ikpong Umoh, who was the Guest lecturer at the programme, commended Comptroller Binga and his team on their efforts in curbing smuggling at the creeks.
Mr. Umoh, who described the anti-smuggling workshop as a well thought-out programme to sensitise the public, on the dangers of smuggling to the economy, thanked Ariyibi for the paper presentation, calling on the organisers of the workshop to make it a regular exercise, in order to enlighten many people at different locations.”
He said, “This workshop is a unique programme, especially as it is coming from the media. My appeal is for the organisers to make it a regular exercise, moving from one location to another, in order to enlighten as many people as possible.
“Let Nigerians understand the importance of entrepreneurship to economic growth. For us to achieve tangible growth as a nation, we must build our industries for small scale businesses to thrive like what obtains in advanced countries”.
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