NCS, Seme Command seeks collaboration with Benin Republic counterpart











Comptroller Ndalati Mohammed, Controller in charge of Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has reached out to the Nigeria Ambassador to the Republic of Benin and  the Customs Administration of the country, to  further strengthen bilateral trade tie and sustain existing cooperation between the Command and her counterpart in Krake, Benin Republic.

In a statement by Ernest Olottah, the Command’s Public Relations Officer , Ndalati had , on a maiden visit to  Benin since assumption of office as Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Seme, acknowledged the existing international and inter- agency tie between both countries and their customs administration as factors  influencing the social, cultural and economic lives of citizens of both countries.

According to the statement, Ndalati spoke through  an interpreter, while visiting the Customs Administration of  Benin, saying that the laudable examples set by  the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service(CGC) and Director General(DG) of Benin Customs at the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and regional levels were worthy of emulation.

He said with the increasing global security challenges, the need for both customs administration to work in synergy could not be over emphasized, adding that the visit was intended to cement a mutual relationship that was ongoing, not minding the geographical demarcation but to align with the cultural and economic ties that bind both together. 

'' With adequate intelligence gathering and sharing we can work to foster trade within our sub region in pursuant of the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) treaties and protocols. We should also insist on compliance by our various stakeholders on the rules of trade within the sub region.
“Our nationals are tapping into the benefits of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) and the Joint Committee on Commerce (JCC).This must be encouraged with efforts to detect and prevent its abuses.''
He commended the Benin Customs Administration on behalf of the CGC for the ongoing bilateral relationship in vehicle import transit process which has suppressed smuggling of vehicles and boosted revenue collection in the command.  

Colonel Afoudah Idowu who held brief for the DG of Benin Customs described Nigeria Customs as a dependable ally in the global customs community. He welcomed Ndalati and asked him to feel free to reach out to them any time the need arises for operational issues and intelligence sharing.
Comptroller Ndalati also visited The Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lawrence Obisakin who spoke brightly about the good relationship between Nigeria and Benin Republic and the need to sustain the momentum. 

Obisakin appreciated the CGC for his transformation of the Nigeria Customs Service and sought the CAC's co operation and wished Ndalati success in his new assignment as CAC Seme Border, the statement read.
Responding, Ndalati said, '' I must sincerely say that on behalf and on the part of the Nigeria Customs Service we are available to assist and help you to succeed in all your endeavours as the representatives of the nation. We are equally representatives in our own sector and very able representatives.

''I submit that you recognised the effort of my CGC  and his untiring responses each time you have a request to make any input necessary to make progress on border management administration; that is the quality you have in him and that is the quality of the man that has transformed the Service. I am here as his able ambassador also and i reach to you.'' 

The Ambassador promised to engage the CAC from time to time on matters of mutual interest between Nigeria and Benin as they affect customs operations.
  Meanwhile, the Seme Area Command collected the sum of N909, 906,291.39 as revenue in the month of January 2015.
The amount represents 13.92% increase over the N783, 217,851.34 collected in the corresponding period in 2014.
In the same vein, the command made 52 seizures of various goods with a duty paid value of N14, 540,361,00 in January 2015.