CGC Adeniyi, a symbol of national competence
…Promises open door policy
…Says media has vital role to play in national development
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, can be described as a symbol of national competence, following his proactive take-off within few days in office. The new Customs Boss works even on weekends.
Yesterday, being Sunday, July 16, 2023, the CGC had a meeting with Customs
Area Controllers in Zone ‘A’, Guild of Editors and the maritime media in Lagos.
The programme yesterday, which took place at Marriott hotel, Ikeja, Lagos,
was just one of numerous strategic meetings that the CGC had within few days in office.
Speaking during the meeting, the Customs Boss assured everyone of an open-door policy, the need for cooporation and partnership in steering the affairs of the Service and economic stability at large.
His words : “My intention is to register our presence in Lagos. We know what Lagos means to Customs. In doing so, we solicit your support, cooporation and partnership to achieve economic development for the benefit of our nation.
“I will open my doors to you, it’s going to be an open governance system; you will have the opportunity to contribute, to check the direction in which the customs would go while I am in charge”.
The meeting was an interactive session, as the CGC came in company of Deputy Comptroller General of Customs, Hamza Gummi in charge of Tariff and Trade, DCG Mohammed Abba-Kura in charge of Enforcement, Investigation & Inspection, DCG Jack Ajoku, in charge of Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives, ACG Festus Okun, Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘A’, among others.
Speaking further, CGC Adeniyi, stressed that the Service has made remarkable progress in different areas over the years and will be soliciting the collaboration of the Media while he is on the helm of affairs.
According to him, “In over 10 years, Customs has made some progress. We have broken several grounds on ICT, human resource development, revenue generation and in the next few years, we will be building and consolidating on those grounds and hoping that there are some areas where we will deploy innovative solutions.
“Collaboration is going to be very strong on the agenda of Customs and that is why we are starting this with our partners in the Media.
“We will be open to collaboration with our partners in bringing more comprehensive reports to let Nigerians know what our challenges are, what the gaps are, what we can do to bridge those gaps to improve border security and generally, Nigeria”.
In his speech, the President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr. Eze Anaba congratulated the Customs Boss on his appointment and assured him of their support while also noting the importance of communication.
He said : “Your coming on board is a refreshing development and I am sure we will enjoy such interactions. On behalf of my colleagues. I assure you that if you continue this way, the Nigeria Customs Service will have it good in the media.
“Some people say they’re afraid of the Media but the truth is that, if there is no communication, if there is no interaction, there will be miscommunication”,
In the same vein, the CGC also had dinner with Public Relations Officers in Zone ‘A’, as well as maritime journalists.