Friday, 26 January 2018

Customs solicit support in fight against economic crimes

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has solicited the co-operation of relevant government agencies and corporate bodies in the fight against shipment of illicit drugs, cross-border crimes and terrorism.
Mrs Patience Burromvyat, the Customs Area Controller in charge of Calabar Free Zone and Akwa Ibom Command, made the call on Friday in Calabar during the 2018 International Customs Day Celebration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Customs Day is observed by Customs Administrations Worldwide in honour of the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council.
Burromvyat said that an enabling environment was needed for legitimate business to thrive for the benefit of all.
According to her, the Customs is recognised globally as an agency that contributes to a secure, stable and predictable business environment.
“Legitimate businesses need a secure environment to thrive. Creating a safe environment means eliminating threats such as shipment of illicit goods, combating cross-border crimes and terrorism.
“Customs has the responsibility of creating a fair playing ground for all traders. This can be achieved through enforcing Intellectual Property Rights, anti-smuggling activities to tackle traders who avoid payment of duties.
“Such activities can negatively impact a nation’s economy and development.
“The NCS over the years has improved the capacity of its personnel through numerous trainings both at home and abroad to tackle threats to legitimate business.
“This is evidence by the seizures of massive arms and ammunition in the nation’s port as well as live animals among others’’, she said.
She further said that the NCS has stepped-up its anti-smuggling drives by equipping officers with modern and sophisticated weapons which has resulted in massive seizures of illegal imports like rice and motor vehicles.
Speaking, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu, Manager of Calabar Port, lauded the cordial working relationship between the Customs and the Nigerian Port Authority in Calabar.
“Our cordial working relationship has yielded results. Calabar port is very safe for business and our maritime operators can testify to that.
“The officers and men of the NCS in Cross River and Akwa Ibom Command are up and doing. On our part, we are doing our best to attract bigger vessels to Calabar’’, she said. (NAN)

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