We are strategic partners on national security – CGC Adeniyi tells Nigerian Military

CGC Adeniyi forming strategic collaboration with the Nigerian Army

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We are strategic partners on national security – CGC Adeniyi tells Nigerian Military

…Strengthens working synergy for effective border surveillance

The strategic partners in a handshake

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has recognised the strategic role played by the Military in curbing insecurity in Nigeria.

The CGC also commended the efforts of Nigerian Army in combating the menace of insecurity in Nigeria, expressing the need for the two agencies to collaborate more in curbing smuggling and other border threats.

The Customs Boss gave this commendation yesterday, when he led a high-powered delegation on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

The CGC while congratulating the Chief of Army Staff, stressed; “your appointment as Chief of Army Staff is no longer news, but I still feel mandated to congratulate you on this well-deserved position.”

According to him, the seamless collaboration between Customs and the Nigerian Army would provide ample opportunity for both agencies to work together and improve their expertise in the fight against smuggling, counter-terrorism, intelligence and extending humanitarian support to the public.

He pointed out :  “We need this active collaboration with the Nigerian Army to enable us kickstart our social programme of distributing relief items to victims of insurgency at IDP Camps.

“We want the Nigerian Army to provide us with security and logistics while conveying the items.”

 

Group photograph taken during the visit

The Customs Boss also appreciated the long-existing relationship and formidable bond between the two agencies. “We have collaborated in several missions that succeeded in curbing smuggling, hence the need to form a formidable force to fight against enemies of the state,” he added.

“I wish to extend our sincere request to strengthen our ties to address illegal inflow of dangerous goods and other threats to national sovereignty,” adding that the steadfast support that the Nigerian Army gives to Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service has enhanced their skills in many areas.

In response, Lagbaja, thanked the Customs Boss for visiting him and assured him of the Army’s unflinching support to strengthen the security at border areas.

According to him, “We must continue to collaborate, to work closely in the areas of maintaining national security and training. The Nigerian Army will continue to partner with Customs towards border-related issues and interests across the Federation.”

He stressed that such collaboration would continue to provide valuable opportunities for Officers and Men of the Service to acquire new skills, recalling that the two Security agencies have since been good partners in progress.

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