By Taiwo Oladele,
February 4, 2019.
Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd) has confirmed participation at the investiture of TheLead magazine.
The event is slated for Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Exhibition Centre, Besides Marwa/MKO Gardens by Nurudeen Olowopopo Road, Alausa-Ikeja by 10 am.
The CG is billed to deliver a seminal paper titled “halting leakages and smuggling through effective collaboration at the Nigerian border”.
Confirming the development during a chat with Mr Ajibola Abayomi, the Chief Executive Officer of TheLead Publications, the publisher of TheLead Online and TheLead Magazine, the National Public Relations Officer of NCS, Deputy Controller Joseph Attah, said the office of the CG was happy to receive an invitation to attend the event and would definitely participate.
He assured that the CG was willing to collaborate with establishments advancing the growth of the Nigerian maritime sector.
This he said would continue to strengthen government’s policy at ensuring that the nation does not become a dumping ground for other economies.
Earlier, Attah during an exclusive interview with TheLead had reiterated the commitment of the NCS to frustrate illegal importation of goods despite attacks on customs officers by desperate smugglers.
His words: “We won’t relent or be couched by criminal gang attacking our men while carrying out their legal duties. Going forward in 2019, we have resolved to deal decisively with smugglers attempting to destroy our economy.
“Saboteurs won’t have their way in any of the approved routes or elsewhere within Nigeria. Customs shall continue to be a step ahead of their plans.”
An elated Ajibola hailed the intention of the of the CG’s office to participate in the event.
He described it as a morale booster saying “for us we believe the current leadership of the NCS meant well for the nation with enduring reforms being introduced.
“Having seen the progress recorded in the areas of revenue, tracking of smugglers and further acceleration of cargo clearance, we are convinced the NCS is getting better. We look forward to receive the CG as we converge to add value to the maritime sector.”