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