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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.

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