CG Adeniyi bringing fresh impetus, intelligence to bear in Customs operations
…hits the ground running with innovative projects to enhance operational efficiency
Apparently, the newly appointed Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), CG Adewale Adeniyi, is bringing fresh impetus and intelligence to bear in Customs operations, as he takes charge, spearheading innovative projects aimed at unlocking the full potential of the Service.
As CG Adeniyi begins with a focus on collaboration, engagement with international organisations, pursuit of cutting-edge technologies and consolidating on previous gains, the Service is poised to redefine customs practice for the better with remarkable transformations.
Recall that the appointment of CG Adeniyi was announced on Monday, June 19, 2023, while he was attending the Policy Commission and Council meetings of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in Brussels, Belgium.
Leveraging this global platform, the Acting CG engaged in topical discussions within the global Customs community, advocating for exploration of AI-driven solutions, including Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions like ChatGPT and advanced geo-spatial intelligence approaches such as GEOINT.
These technologies present immense potential for enhancing communication, decision-making processes and enforcement operations within Customs”.
Additionally, the NCS has already established a GEOINT unit, leveraging geospatial data, mapping techniques and satellite imagery to gain valuable insights for customs operations. Collaborative engagements are already underway to operationalise the use of GEOINT to enhance efficiency of NCS enforcement operations and contribute to overall efficiency.
These advancements underline Customs proactive approach towards embracing cutting-edge technologies.
The new Customs boss further engaged in strategic discussions with partners such as the WCO, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Customs Administration. The discussions aimed at supporting establishment of a customs Laboratory, a significant milestone in enhancing customs operations and trade facilitation across Nigeria.
Amidst the current landscape of evolving global trade dynamics, the NCS Laboratory will provide comprehensive solutions to address challenges such as counterfeit goods, smuggling and non-compliant imports, thereby bolstering revenue generation and ensuring the protection of public health and safety. With its advanced analytical capabilities, the laboratory is expected to deliver precise identification, verification and classification of goods, enabling efficient enforcement measures and informed decision-making, while fostering an environment of trust and credibility within Nigeria’s trade ecosystem, marking a transformative step towards achieving seamless customs operations, trade competitiveness and national economic growth in line with the vision of the President Tinubu Led Administration.
More so, Acting CG Adeniyi’s engagements extended to fruitful discussions with relevant experts and donors, focusing on crucial areas such as conducting a Time Release Study (TRS), implementing the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme, leadership and management development. These discussions underscore his commitment to comprehensive improvements and inclination to adopt innovative solutions across various customs domains, ultimately enhancing customs operations.
The outcome of the council meeting witnessed election of Ian Saunders of the United States as the new Secretary General of WCO, an important position that sets the direction for customs practice worldwide. The election highlights the significance of the council meeting and the influential role NCS plays in shaping the future of customs operations on a global scale.
In a press statement released by the Customs National Public Relations Officer, CSC ABDULLAHI MAIWADA, he explained : “Under the leadership of CG Adeniyi, the Service is embarking on an exciting journey towards enhanced customs efficiency.
“Through international collaborations, engagement with the WCO, exploration of AI-driven solutions and strategic discussions, the NCS is pioneering innovative projects that will shape the future of customs practice in Nigeria.
“With strong emphasis on technology and international partnerships, the NCS is well-positioned to make substantial advancements in customs operations, ultimately benefiting trade facilitation, security and operational effectiveness”.