Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, emphasized the alignment of Nigeria’s customs evolution with the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) objectives. Addressing trade facilitation, rules of origin, advance ruling, authorized economic operators, and engaging with the business community, Adeniyi highlighted the synchronization of these efforts with AfCFTA’s vision.
During his lecture titled “Nigeria’s Economic Growth and Development: Reforming and Positioning the Customs Service for the African Continental Free Trade and Other Emerging Challenges” at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, on November 16th, 2023, CGC Adeniyi emphasized the necessity of adapting to an evolving landscape.
Adeniyi underscored the need to balance revenue generation with trade facilitation, acknowledging the multifaceted role of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
He stressed the importance of nuanced approaches that foster sustainable economic development, especially for small and medium-scale entrepreneurs, contributing significantly to Nigeria’s economic growth.
Recognizing the need for transparent communication channels in customs operations, Adeniyi recommended establishing consultation platforms for constructive feedback from stakeholders. This proactive strategy aims to enhance efficiency and inclusivity in customs operations, catering to the diverse perspectives and needs of the African business community.
In recognition of his contributions, the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Professor Eghosa Osaghae, conferred the Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs upon CGC Adeniyi. This acknowledgment signifies his dedication to advancing Nigeria’s customs operations in alignment with regional trade goals.