Customs to host WCO conference tomorrow

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) will tomorrow host the Directors-General of Customs conference of the West and Central African sub-region of the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Public Relations Officer of NCS, Wale Adeniyi said the event would hold from Wednesday April 29th to Friday May 1st 2015.

He said 24 Customs administrators from West and Central Africa and over 100 international organisations would attend the forthcoming Directors-General of Customs Conference.

Adeniyi said that the main objective of the Directors-General of Customs conference was to debate and discuss issues of common interest to member countries of the sub-regions.

He said the theme for this year is: “Coordinated border management, an inclusive approach for connecting stakeholders”.

“The conference is for the Directors-General of Customs in West and Central African sub-region of the World Customs Organisation. We are expecting 24 customs administrations from West and Central Africa; we have gotten registration from all the members. We are also expecting participation of over 100 delegates in this conference; the Secretary General of WCO will be attending and many others,” Adeniyi said in a press statement issued yesterday.

He said the NCS had also received expression of interests from UN, AU, ECOWAS and the Economic Community for Central Africa State (ECCAS) to attend the conference.

He added that the NCS, in partnership with the National Troupe, would commission a special command performance called “Nigeriana”.

Meanwhile, the 14th meeting of the experts committee who would deliberate on issues that the directors-general would debate on at the conference was held yesterday at the Customs head quarters in Abuja.

In his opening remarks, the Comptroller General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdulahi while welcoming the delegates tasked them to consider issues bordering on regional security, influx of arms and ammunition ad movement of dual use chemical substance as insurgency has become an emerging menace in the region.

Represented by Deputy Comptroller General (DCG), Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, Musa Tahir, Abdulahi also called for renewed awareness of cross border movement of goods and persons in view of recent threats of disease such as Ebola which he said almost paralysed economic activities in the sub region.

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