Strategic policy implementation : Customs Reinvigorates synergy with transport ministry
Apparently, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is poised for greater productivity under the current management, as the Service reinvigorates synergy With Federal Ministry of Transportation,
to fast-track port industry development.
The working synergy between both government agencies becomes imperative to ensure strategic implementation of policies geared towards enhancing rapid growth in the port industry now and in the long-run.
Our correspondent gathered that Customs under the leadership of CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, is working assiduously to support the Federal Government in rejuvenating the nation’s economy. As such, strengthening collaboration with Transportation Ministry is a
laudable initiative that will pave the way for trade facilitation, amongst other economic benefits.
Speaking during a meeting held at Customs Headquarters in Abuja, CGC Adeniyi assured representatives of the Ministry of Customs readiness to ensure mutual understanding in accomplishing a common goal for the benefit of the nation at large.
CGC Adeniyi emphasised; “I have always believed that Customs administration should act as a genuine agent for trade facilitation. This is what I have been doing all through my career.”
Speaking further, he highlighted the benefits of trade facilitation and the importance of reducing the cost and time of doing business at the ports, adding that the measures will double efficiency and competitiveness of ports in the country – through stronger collaboration between the management of Customs and stakeholders involved in similar operations.
The Customs Boss pointed out :
“It is clear that Nigerian law has authorised Customs Service to synergise with security institutions and other agencies of government
to carry out the business of facilitating trade in the country.”
The CGC re-affirmed his commitment to prioritise the interest of trade and innovative solutions that will address key issues across the borders.
His words : “I want to assure you that the Nigeria Customs Service has a new spirit now that will enable it to live up to its ability as enshrined in the constitution. The Service will also face the plan of decongesting ports head-on. The major issue involved in this case will be the problem of congestion at our ports. We are going to implement measures that will address this matter diligently.”
The CGC also talked about Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, which now prohibits traders from stacking cargo and containers at the ports for a long time, stressing that the Service will according to the law facilitate the auction or destroy such items as the case may be, to serve as a deterrent to defiers.
The CGC however urged stakeholders to collaborate with the Service to implement the policies that create sufficient space at the ports.
Also Speaking, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, rejoiced with the Comptroller-General on his recent appointment .
Dr. Ajani, who was the leader of the representatives of Transportation Ministry, also informed CGC Adeniyi of the ministry’s efforts in decongesting the ports, which according to her, were over-spilled with overtime cargo.
She told him that they had succeeded in constituting a powerful committee of members from the Service, Transport Ministry and its Agencies.
The Permanent Secretary also assured the CGC that overtime cargo disposal committee is working tirelessly to implement policies that will decongest the four major ports in the country. She added; “we are working in different dimensions but the result will be prodigious, after launching sensitization exercise to stakeholders and members of the ports community about the process.”