Customs to introduce forum for manufacturers

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is to establish a Customs-Traders-Manufacturers Consultative Forum as part of efforts to ensure a good working relationship between the three parties.

Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Abdullahi, disclosed this in Kano recently. He said the forum, when established, would serve as a platform where the customs could explain the Federal Government’ s policies to traders and manufacturers.

Dikko noted: “This forum will also enable the customs and the other parties to understand one another with a view to fostering understanding and a harmonious working relationship.

“Moreso, if traders or manufacturers have complaints, they can raise it so that the problem can be resolved once and for all.

On seized textile materials, Dikko said those that were allowed to come into the country would be released to the owners to pay the customs duty, while those banned stand to be seized.

“I will write and inform the Federal Government on the contraband so that if it decides to ban them, it can do so, “he said.

He assured that the NCS would continue to do its best to ensure that smuggling of contraband into the country was checked.

Dikko, however, called on Nigerians to assist the customs with useful information to enable it discharge its duties effectively.

“We always work on information given to us because 98 per cent of crimes detected is based on information received, ” he added.

Dikko visited Adhama Textile industry at Bompai area of Kano where he addressed some traders on the effort being made by customs to address smuggling in the country

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