Customs CG Affirms Intention To Promote Awareness Of Service’s Activities Through Purposeful Measures.

The Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, has emphasized the intention to proactively enhance awareness regarding the operations of the service.

He made this declaration during his presentation titled “Addressing Public Relations Challenges in the Nigeria Customs Service” at the 17th International Public Relations Congress on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.

Adeniyi stressed the significance of cultivating curiosity to foster a more profound comprehension of the service’s functions.

“We discovered that in so many cases, people are always very ignorant of what we do, and it is based on the ignorance that they’re impatient to criticise us”, he said.

“So, we will also want to make a deliberate action to create awareness and let people have knowledge about what we do”, he stated.


On Customs Strategic Communication Plan, the Ag. CGC says, “It has been our culture to complement our vigorous appearances with a consistently soothing voice in line with the overall corporate objectives”.

“The strategy of putting the media in the middle is something we do to ensure we get our information across to the people.

 


The Customs Chief also emphasized the significance of the Customs Community Consultative forum in addressing challenges that are giving rise to conflicts, particularly in border regions.

This platform, as described by him, involves high-ranking officers and management members from Customs Area Commands on one side, and representatives from traditional institutions, community leaders, traders’ unions, and youth leaders on the other side.

“This program featured periodic engagement with traditional leaders, meetings with associations, traders, and youth leaders, dialogues, identifying their problems, and showing them what the laws say, what is permitted, and what is prohibited. We laughed, prayed, and talked with them without compromising professionalism”, he noted.

“In a couple of years, major issues causing crises, clashes, and conflicts have been mitigated, majority of the communities became at peace with Customs activities, and we became at peace with the community residents”, he revealed.

“I must confess that this CCF initiative has been very successful, especially in border states, evidenced in Ogun, Katsina and Lagos, where this strategy has miraculously stemmed the rate of conflicts. The secret of this success, dear friends was not ammunition but communication”, he emphasised.

The Acting CGC also emphasized that the Customs community relations strategy extends beyond mere communication forums. The service has actively undertaken collaborative endeavors aimed at fostering community projects with wide-reaching benefits, extending to border communities and beyond.

Notable examples of such initiatives encompass the Karu Hospital, recognized as the flagship Customs CSR program, as well as the establishment of the NCS Primary and Secondary School in Idiroko, among various others.
“We are also working on a deliberate recruitment plan for the indigenes of border communities into the Nigeria Customs Service.

CSR program, as well as the establishment of the NCS Primary and Secondary School in Idiroko, among various others.
“We are also working on a deliberate recruitment plan for the indigenes of border communities into the Nigeria Customs Service.

We believe there are gaps, and we can do better”, he noted.

 

Murtala Muhammed Airport Customs Command Exceeds Revenue Targets, Achieves Significant Anti-Smuggling Milestones.

The Murtala Muhammed Airport Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Muhammed Sanni Yusuf, said the command raked in ₦47,249,785,020.44 from January to July 2023.


During the review period, the Murtala Muhammed Airport Command accomplished a remarkable feat by generating a total revenue of ₦47,249,785,020.44.

This impressive figure constitutes an impressive 83.24% of the set revenue target. In comparison to the same period in 2022, which saw a revenue generation of ₦40,335,607,654.90, the current revenue reflects a substantial growth of ₦6,914,177,365.55k, marking a significant 17.14% increase.

According to Yusuf, “During the period under review, Murtala Muhammed Airport Command generated a total of Forty-seven Billion, two hundred and forty nine million, Seven hundred and eight five thousand, Twenty Naira forty five kobo (₦47,249,785, 020.44) which represents 83.24% of target met. When compared to the same period in 2022 of Forty Billion, Three hundred and thirty-five Million, Six hundred and seven Thousand, Six hundred and fifty four Naira, Ninety Kobo.

(₦40,335,607,654.90) a progressive difference of Six Billion, Nine hundred and fourteen Million, One hundred and seventy seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty Five Naira, Fifty five Kobo (₦6,914,177,365.55k) representing 17.14% increase.”


The command demonstrated its commitment to combating smuggling activities through coordinated actions in collaboration with key stakeholders.
The result of these efforts was the seizure of six packages of suspected Dried Shark Fins with a FOB value of ₦221,885,769.02, and twenty-five packages of suspected Dried Donkey Genitals with a FOB value of ₦1,010,372,761.98. These seizures translate to a total value of ₦1,232,258,531.

The seizures were carried out due to various violations of export guidelines and non-compliance with CITES Law on endangered species, as stipulated in the Nigeria Customs Service Act.
The individuals involved in these illegal export attempts have been apprehended, and ongoing investigations are underway.
Comptroller Muhammed Sanni Yusuf took the opportunity to express his heartfelt appreciation for the unwavering dedication of his officers and staff to the Customs Service.

He urged them to maintain their commitment to adhering strictly to the rules and regulations governing their roles.
In closing, Comptroller Yusuf extended gratitude to CGC BA Adeniyi MFR and his management team for their continuous support, which has empowered the command to excel.

He also recognized the vital contributions of critical stakeholders and sister agencies who collaborate closely with the Customs Service. He reserved special acknowledgment for the press, applauding their objective and accurate reporting.

He reserved special acknowledgment for the press, applauding their objective and accurate reporting.

The Murtala Muhammed Airport Command’s exemplary performance in revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities stands as a testament to the command’s dedication to upholding the integrity of the Nigeria Customs Service and ensuring the nation’s economic security.

 

 

 

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