Ag. Customs CG assures Excise Traders, FTZ Enterprises in Ogun State of business prosperity

Ag. Customs CG assures Excise Traders, FTZ Enterprises in Ogun State of business prosperity
The Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has assured stakeholders of his commitment to ensuring their businesses prosper. 

He gave this assurance in Abeokuta, the headquarters of Ogun II Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service when he visited the command as part of his familiarisation visit. 

While engaging with Excise Traders and Free Trade Zone Operators in the Command, the Ag. CGC said that their operations are a priority to the service. 

In his words, "I have made it a deliberate policy to put your operations at the cornerstone of our activities". 

"My understanding is that you are critical stakeholders for us, it is through your activities that we can report our own activities, and it is, therefore, in our interest that we do everything to ensure that your companies and businesses prosper", he added. 
"It is not all the time that Customs Officers are overzealous in implementation of the law; most of the time, they keep in their mind the basic objectives behind these entities", he noted. 

"It is the intention of the government through enterprises to boost foreign exchange for Nigeria and its economy, create jobs for Nigerians, and of course, to enhance Nigeria's economic development, and this is why a number of concessions, a number of waivers have been granted to free zone operators", he emphasised. 

The stakeholders felicitate with the Customs Boss on his appointment while also raising issues of concern on the operations of the Free Trade Zones and factories under excise control.

While responding, the Ag. CGC disclosed that a Committee has been set up to address issues of concern. 

"I have set up a committee consisting of representatives of enterprises, The Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) and Oil and Gas Authority, working with representatives from my Office to look into all the areas of concern". 

While appreciating the Ag. CGC, for his visit, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Ahmadu Shauibu, highlighted some of the Command's achievements. 

"At our level, since we came in, we have brought in about 18 factories under excise control", he said. 

The Ag. CGC enjoined Officers of the command to understand the importance of their operations and activities to Nigeria's economic development.

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