Trade facilitation, job creation in Northeast Nigeria :  Customs to collaborate with Borno State government

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Trade facilitation, job creation in Northeast Nigeria :  Customs to collaborate with Borno State government

In efforts to enhance trade facilitation and job creation for optimum economic development, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has expressed readiness to improve trade activities in the Northeastern part of Nigeria.

He made this known while receiving the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on a courtesy visit to Customs Headquarters in Abuja.

According to the Customs Boss, this step will boost the region’s economy and create jobs for the people in the State.

The CGC, who appreciated the long-time relationship between the Service and Borno State Government in border security and humanitarian services, also affirmed his readiness to support victims of terrorism in the State.

On enhancing community relations, the CGC pointed out : “Moving forward, we will need your support to engage with members of the border communities in Borno, especially as the insurgency has been degraded. We will build on the good relationship that we have and leverage on it to re-establish a good relationship with Cameroon and of course, the Southern part of Chad.”

Also, the CGC assured Governor Zulum of the Service commitment to engage the Military in developing new measures that will assist in re-establishing full structure of cross-border trade in the area.

More so, the Borno State Governor, congratulated CGC Adeniyi on his appointment as Comptroller-General of Customs.

His words : “Let me, first and foremost, congratulate you on your appointment as the Comptroller-General of Customs. I want to also commend the Service for uplifting the standard of living in the displaced communities in Borno and other parts of Northeastern region”.

Speaking further, he applauded the Service’s good gesture of distributing food and non-food items to displaced persons in the State, which according to him, is alleviating the hardship of victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

He added; “I am here once again to solicit your support to continue distributing food and non-food items to the vulnerable people in Borno State.”

The Governor, who expressed interest in collaborating with the Service to promote transborder trade in the Northeast, particularly in Borno State, solicited the cooperation of the Service.

“As peace gradually returned to Borno State, I want to express my willingness to work with the Nigeria Customs Service, to enhance transportation of goods between Nigerian borders with Cameroon, Chad and Niger”, he informed.

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