Seme Customs seeks cooperation with host communities to facilitate trade

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Controller, Seme border command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu has sought for collaboration and cooperation of stakeholders in the host community to ensure enforcement of government fiscal policies.

A statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer Taupyen Salenyang said the Controller stated this at a Customs Community Consultative Forum (CCCF) held recently at the command.

According to Aliyu, the core mandate of the service could only be achieved under a peaceful atmosphere devoid of rancor.

He said by hosting different communities under the CCCF platform, the command had consciously differentiated the actual stakeholders based on their position of influence and location to the border command adding that the continuous mutual consultations always give rise to effective relation management whose benefit was reciprocal and symbiotic.

Also, the Comptroller while hosting the recent Joint Border Security meeting dwelled extensively on the need for inter-agency collaboration for effective border management, intelligence sharing and strict compliance with the ECOWAS Protocol along the Lagos-Abidjan Corridor; which he said would facilitate legitimate trade and enhance ease of doing business.

“As an institution of the federal government, the Nigeria Customs Service Seme Command remain committed to performing its statutory responsibilities without fear or favor; this is because the security, economic and socio-political development of the nation is dependent on effective and efficient management of its borders”, the Controller said.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, the command said it collected a total of  N317 million as revenue for the month of May 2017.

The command also made a total of 28 seizures with a duty paid value of N30 million under the review period.