BY FUNMI ALUKO
The Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has expressed his administration’s readiness to collaborate with foreign and domestic traders, stating that his main priority is to take proactive measures to facilitate trade.
The CGC spoke Tuesday, 26th September 2023, when he received the delegation of ZGM Investment Group of Companies Limited – a co-ordinating firm of the Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone and Polish Investors at the Customs Headquarters, Abuja.
Recall that the Ag. CGC has, on several occasions, reiterated President Bola Tinubu’s economic policies, which mandate the Nigeria Customs Service to create an enabling environment for legal businesses to flourish in the country.
He told them that “the Nigeria Customs Service is aware that you are investors, and you would want your investment to be protected as well as to yield some dividends. Thus, if we can achieve the objectives of your coming to Nigeria, then I consider this as a good starting – and it is going to be a win-win collaboration for the parties involved.”
According to a statement by SC Abdullahi Maiwada, Customs Spokesman, the CGC also assured the delegation of Customs’ unflinching cooperation in opening doors for any investor that may wish to invest their business in Nigeria, adding that “although I have engaged in a working tour to Zone ‘A’ recently, I want to assure you that my management will study the possibility of organizing a special visit to Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone.”
In his remarks, the Coordinator of Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone, Abeh Onas, thanked the Acting Comptroller-General for honoring their request for a courtesy visit to discuss matters related to their FTZ.
Abeh also said they were at the Headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service to appreciate the Ag. CGC for his unwavering commitment to improve trade in Nigeria and to further strengthen their lines of communication as well as collaboration between the Service and Ogun Guangdong FTZ.
He explained that “as we both share common interests in facilitating international trade, I believe that reinforcing our existing partnership can yield positive outcomes for both entities and contribute to the economic growth of the country.”