TinCan Customs Controller urges Nigerians to patronise locally made goods

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TinCan Customs Controller urges Nigerians to patronise locally made goods

Harps on more exports to boost GDP

Group photograph taken during the visit

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), TinCan Island Port Command,
Compt Dera Nnadi mni,  has urged Nigerians to patronise locally made goods, in order to boost the nation’s economy for greater productivity.

Compt Nnadi emphasized the need to focus more on export trade, to increase the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

He made this known during a courtesy visit to his office by Executive members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, yesterday.

Speaking further, the TinCan Customs Boss, informed that the Service will
continue to engage relevant stakeholders, in line with its policy to promote economic growth and development.

His words :  “We are all aware that Nigeria Customs Service generates huge revenue for Nigeria. This is one of the reasons we must be seen to be alive to our responsibilities.

“Going beyond the issue of revenue generation, data emanating from Customs helps the Nigerian Government to formulate policies for economic growth, national security and for environmental and social security, “.

Responding to questions on the exchange rate bedevilling Nigeria’s economy,  Compt Nnadi gave the assurance that the local currency – Naira will bounce back.

He urged Nigerians to look inward and consume locally manufactured products, stressing that it is an avenue to grow the economy and achieve greater prosperity.

He pointed out :  “Whatever we produce locally and export will boost our earnings because of the exchange rate, not forgetting that the exchange rate will discourage importation of luxury items”.

About the measures put in place to enhance revenue generation, Compt Nnadi said TinCan Island Command will do all within its jurisdiction concerning 48 per cent of its uncollected revenue, to meet the target for 2023 in the next two months.

He commended the media for being a partner in progress, even as he tasked journalists to keep projecting the activities of the Service.

His assertions : “We will continue to partner with the media, so that our intentions and actions can be properly understood by the public.

“We acknowledge the sacrifices journalists are making towards making sure that we deliver on our mandate. We shall continue to work together for the betterment of our dear country”.

From left Compt Nnadi and the Chairman of NUJ, signing the visitors’ register during the visit

In his response, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, commended Compt Nnadi’s media friendly gesture.

He said ; “You have always made us proud. This is one of the reasons why this visit is a home-coming. We celebrate your giant stride, which is evident of the confidence reposed in you by the Executive Management of the Nigeria Customs Service.

“The appointment of Compt Nnadi three weeks ago to head the TinCan Island Customs Command, which is the second largest revenue earner, did not come as a surprise to the media.

“This is because the CAC is more than capable, very committed and passionate about excellence at any duty post he finds himself”.

The NUJ Chairman reiterated the commitment of Lagos Journalists to continue to project the activities of Customs .

“We want to put it on record that we are extending to you the same co-operation we extended to the
Comptroller-General of Customs Service, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, who is also a long-standing friend of NUJ.

“We also know that you will not allow fraudulent importers and exporters who are bent in shortchanging the government of its revenue through illicit importation and smuggling.

“We also intend to partner with the Command on capacity building of journalists, especially our colleagues covering the Maritime beat, in order to be able to quote you appropriately.

“We wish you a very successful tenure of office and promise you our cooperation and partnership all the time,” the NUJ Chairman stated.

Other top officers of the Command at the meeting included DC Samuel Ariyibi, DC Aliyu Gambo, DC Mohammed Shettima; Team Manager CIU, CSC Adamu; and Acting Public Relations Officer of the command, DSC Abdulssamad.

Our Correspondent observed that Compt Nnadi, has been working assiduously to enhance trade facilitation and more revenue generation since his assumption in office, as the new Area Controller of TinCan Command.

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