Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), the president, stated in Abuja on Tuesday that the emergence of increasingly sophisticated smuggling methods and the ensuing security challenges necessitate a strong and responsive Customs administration.
Adding that it would improve the efficacy and efficiency of customs administration, he said that this clarified why he had signed the new Customs Act into law.
“The demand for a strong and responsive Customs administration is driven by the recent rise in transnational crimes, smuggling, and security risks. At the opening of the Nigerian Customs Service’s new Customs House headquarters in Maitama, Abuja, Buhari said, “I am well aware of these difficulties and the urgent need to solve them.
This information was provided by Femi Adesina, the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, in a statement he released on Tuesday under the heading: “New Customs Act will enhance its efficiency and effectiveness, says President Buhari.”
Buhari stated in the release, “We are all aware of the problems encountered by our Customs department, notably the issue of unstable borders that create possibilities for illicit operations. I’m happy to note that I just signed the Customs Bill into law as part of our commitment to improving the efficacy and efficiency of our Customs administration. The new Act, the result of lengthy discussions and consultations, is a significant step in streamlining our regulatory systems, enhancing our customs operations, and fostering trade facilitation.
Buhari praised Col. Hameed Ali, the Comptroller-General of Customs, for carrying out the 2015 mission that was given to him.
The speaker stated that through his years of unselfish work and an unwavering pursuit of greatness while maintaining his personal integrity, he has gained my confidence and support.
In her remarks, Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, who also serves as the organization’s Board Chair, said that the Customs House represents the Service’s unwavering commitment to enhancing its operations and its readiness to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.