CGC Adeniyi, loyalty is his watch word: …Collaborates with EU-WCO, GIZ to train officers on harmonised system code

Photographs taken during the programme

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CGC Adeniyi, loyalty is his watch word:
Collaborates with EU-WCO, GIZ to train officers on
harmonised system code 

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR has demonstrated in all ramifications that loyalty to the Nigerian nation is his watch word.

At present, Customs under his leadership is expanding its horizons, training officers on Harmonised System coding and customs laboratories to improve duty collection for effective service delivery

CGC Adeniyi, made this known during the commencement of a five-day course for the training of specific officers on Monday, January 29, 2024, in Abuja.

Photographs taken during the programme


The CGC, recognising the need for Customs laboratories, collaborated with the EU-WCO Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ, and others to actualize this vision.

Represented by the Assistant Comptroller General, ACG in charge of Training and Coordination, Malanta Yusuf, he emphasised on the need for Customs to have its laboratory, in order to determine the preferential conditions of goods, duties to be paid, the genuineness and safety of goods.

The CGC stated; “The selected officers are to make good use of the opportunity to acquire knowledge that will pave the way for NCS to thrive in global trade, Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, and other areas”.

He advised participants to actively exchange ideas during the educational workshop.


According to ACG Yusuf, NCS needs this lab to determine certain chemicals and products, therefore equipping officers with the proper knowledge for practical application over time is vital.

He disclosed that the training is in three phases: intermediary, advanced training and training the trainers, where trained officers will subsequently train others.

Additionally, Assistant Comptroller General, ACG H.  J. Swomen, overseeing the Excise Free Trade Zone and Industrial Incentive Department, expressed NCS’s desire to build laboratories, contacting WCO for assistance. He stated that officers are prepared to learn from experts, providing the foundation for the laboratory.

He further noted that with all participants as scientists, officers have the opportunity to learn international best practices in HS and laboratories, preparing for the establishment of NCS labs.

Expert Alvaro Fernandez from Spanish Customs administration, leading the scoping mission in establishing Customs labs in Nigeria, explained that WCO is scanning the options, allocation, facilities, and perspective for having a lab in Nigeria. He added that the labs will help NCS collect customs duties appropriately and protect society from imported chemicals, drugs, and terrorist devices, among other things.

Furthermore, Assistant Comptroller of Customs, ACG Abubakar Nafiu, serving under the Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology Unit and a committee member of the Customs Laboratories Initiative, stated that the absence of laboratories has cost the service significant revenue loss. He disclosed that the workshop aims to consolidate existing initiatives and formulate infrastructure for revenue generation, HS code generation, and enhanced security.

He said that this will help NCS analyze and ascertain the origin of goods based on their texture, chemical composition and structure.

Konneh Gasper, an expert trainer on HS Code by WCO from the Cameroon Customs Administration, stated that  HS code is international language for classifying and codifying commodities. According to him, “the HS Code is used to collect duties, facilitate trade, gather data on international trade, and monitor sensitive goods.’’

He outlined that the rules of origin, Customs lab, and HS code are all included in the WCO revenue package.

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) representative, Ms. Seno Usendia, advised participants to collectively focus on building the expertise necessary for  successful application of Harmonised Systems Code.

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