Stakeholders Engagement :  Comptroller Nnadi Meets Customs Consultative Committee

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Stakeholders Engagement :  Comptroller Nnadi Meets Customs Consultative Committee

The Chairman Customs Consultative Committee, CCC, Aare Fwdr. Hakeem Olarenwaju Rff and Fwdr Eugene Nweke, played host to Comptroller Dera Nnadi mni, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Tincan Island Port Command, who was on a working visit to the Customs Consultative Committee, at Apapa office on January 22, 2024.

Photograph taken during the visit

During the visit, the CCC Chairman, drew his attention to the wider negative impact of unstable foreign exchange regime on trade generally, and used the opportunity to brief the Area Controller on the workings of CCC.

Speaking further, the CCC Chairman solicited for broader areas of strategic consultations, in order to address operational bottlenecks in the ports.

The Chairman highlighted noticeable red tapes in the supply chain and recommended eradication of such. He made recommendations for achieving policy goals of the Command in particular and the management of NCS in general.

In his response, the visiting Area Controller reiterated that his courtesy visit was informed by his belief that responsible partnerships and collaborations are incomplete without strategic mobilisation and alliances, hence his visited to the CCC.

He insisted that the annual revenue target of the Customs requires deliberate cooperation and support of stakeholders, especially the trading public. Compt Nnadi called for the support of CCC in achieving this for TinCan Command.

He commended the CCC for their support to his Command in 2023 while informing that the management of the Command is ready to implement key resolutions reached at the recent stakeholders meeting held during the Comptroller General of Customs conference 2023.

He emphasised that the management would not leave any stone unturned in pursuance to its trade compliance and facilitation quest.

To that extent, he called on the trading public to sure up compliance in their trade transactions and requisite trade related applications through prompt documentation and honest declaration.

He noted that going forward, compliance traders will be rewarded with prompt service delivery, while sanctions on trade irregularities and breaches will be meted to defaulting trading public ( importer /exporter and their representatives) as provided in the new Nigeria Customs Act 2023.

He equally said that officers caught in the line of duty other than tackling trade infractions will be punished accordingly, to achieve holistic and meaningful compliance.

On allegation that, the Service increased the benchmark for surface payable Customs duty, Compt Nnadi mni, reiterated that, at no time did the Service increase any benchmark other than, the reality of foreign exchange rate regime, explaining that, once the exchange rate drops, the payable surface Customs duty will as well drop.

In conclusion, the CCC Chairman reassured the visiting CAC of the committee’s cooperation and support towards meeting set goals, especially the Command revenue target and presented the CCC handbook to him.

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