The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) has called for greater collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), saying that the two agencies are strategic to the success of the campaign for ridding the nation of smuggled motor vehicles.
The Customs boss stated this on Monday during a courtesy visit to the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi at the FRSC National Headquarters Abuja.
According to the FRSC ‘s Head, Media Relations and Strategy Bisi Kazeem, the Customs boss said the existing collaboration between the FRSC and the NCS must be strengthened and sustained in the best interest of the nation’s economic and security systems.
Ali said, “We have many agencies whose operations cut cross that of the Customs, and FRSC is one of them.
“I have decided to come here to familiarise myself with your operations and to assure you that with the briefs that I have received on the existing relationship between the two organisations, we would work to strengthen and sustain it in the best interest of the nation’s economy and security.”
In his remarks, the Corps Marshal thanked the Custom boss for the visit, saying it would solidify the existing relationship between the two organisations.
According to Oyeyemi, the past contributions made by the Customs boss to the safer road campaigns in the country when he was the military administrator of Kaduna state is most appreciated, saying that such logistics support enhanced the operational and rescue capabilities of the FRSC in the state.
Oyeyemi further assured the Customs boss that with his present appointment, FRSC will reciprocate his past gestures by working jointly with him for the success of his assignment.
On the harmonisation of biometric data by all relevant agencies, Oyeyemi stated that FRSC has since commenced work with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for the harmonisation of their data as directed by the President, saying when completed, the process could assist in identifying vehicles and drivers who operate in the country.