Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR, the Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, has expressed the commitment of his administration to collaborate with both foreign and domestic traders, with a focus on taking proactive measures to facilitate trade. The announcement came during a meeting held on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, where the Acting CGC received a delegation from ZGM Investment Group of Companies Limited, a coordinating firm of the Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone, and Polish investors at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja.
Adeniyi reiterated President Bola Tinubu’s economic policies, emphasizing the mandate of the Nigeria Customs Service to create an enabling environment for legal businesses to flourish in the country. Addressing the delegation, he stated, “The Nigeria Customs Service is aware that you are investors, and you would want your investment to be protected as well as to yield some dividends. Thus, if we can achieve the objectives of your coming to Nigeria, then I consider this a good start, and it is going to be a win-win collaboration for the parties involved.”
He assured the delegation of Customs’ unwavering cooperation in facilitating opportunities for any investor wishing to invest in Nigeria. Adeniyi mentioned his recent working tour to Zone ‘A’ and expressed his intent to organize a special visit to the Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone.
The Coordinator of Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone, Abeh Onas, expressed gratitude for the Acting Comptroller-General’s commitment to improving trade in Nigeria. Onas stated, “As we both share common interests in facilitating international trade, I believe that reinforcing our existing partnership can yield positive outcomes for both entities and contribute to the economic growth of the country.”
The meeting emphasized the importance of collaboration between the Nigeria Customs Service and investors, with a shared goal of fostering economic growth and creating a conducive environment for businesses in Nigeria. The commitment of the Acting Comptroller-General reflects the administration’s dedication to President Tinubu’s economic vision for the country.