Seme Customs boss lauds CGC Ali on Nigeria- Benin trade connectivity
Says it will boost revenue collection for both countries
By Udeme Clement
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, Seme Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Comptroller Mohammed Uba has commended the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Ali Hameed on the successful sensitisation programme carried out on inter-connectivity of trade between Nigeria and Benin Republic.
Giving his assessment of the programme just concluded at the Joint Border Post, JBP, Comptroller Uba, said CGC Ali is focused in re-positioning the Service to enhance economic growth through trade facilitation within Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
He said, “You witnessed how the sensitisation exercise was successfully carried out and the deliberations made by delegates from Nigeria and Benin Republic. This is a good initiative and a strategic plan to promote trade facilitation and more revenue generation for both countries.”
Comptroller Uba went on, “I sincerely commend the Federal Government of Nigeria, CGC Ali and Benin Republic for this laudable achievement.
“This new platform will enhance greater economic prosperity for both countries now and in the long-run. All of us at Seme Customs are going to work hard and in line with the new directive to ensure full compliance at all times”.
Comptroller Uba also commended the Customs authority of Benin Republic for its effort and tremendous support in making the sensitisation programme a huge success.
Also speaking during the stakeholders sensitisation workshop at the JBP, Seme, CGC Ali, represented by Assistant Comptroller- General of Customs in charge of ICT, ACG Benjamin Aber, explained that the new initiative will bring about integration of importers and exporters declarations at border stations to fast track trade processes.
According to him, the new platform will curtail revenue leakages in the system and it is part of ECOWAS mandates to ensure trade facilitation within the sub-region.
ACG Aber further explained that declarations for imports within Nigeria and Benin Republic will be distributed and shared electronically to both units of Customs.
He enthused, “We can assure you on the efficiency of the system because it will be well protected from any form of hacking and disruption”.
In the same vein, the Director General, Benin Republic Customs, Sacca Boco Innousa Charles stressed that the initiative will reduce smuggling and facilitate trade within the two countries.
He revealed that the plan to achieve the new trade platform started about 15 years back when leaders of both countries initiated the inter connectivity system.
He pointed out, “The new initiative is a model that will draw attention to Krake/Seme borders. This will also serve as example for other Customs administrations to replicate in other countries.
“This new mechanism is a fall out of previous meetings between the Nigerian President and Benin Republic. Our Presidents held a meeting 15years ago in Badagry, I was there and today the efforts of both countries is about yielding positive results.”
Financial Business learnt that the new platform will take off formally by this month of June, 2019.