Customs Set to Construct Modern Jetties for Marine Units, Seeks NIWA Support

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Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi

By DAPO OLAWUNI

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi has hinted that the service is planning to build modern jetties for its marine units, even as he is seeking the cooperation of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in this regard.

Adeniyi dropped the hint while fielding questions from journalists on the sidelines of the International Customs Day 2024 celebration in Lagos on Friday.

The Customs boss highlighted the importance of partnership and stakeholders collaboration in order to achieve its set goals.

“It has been demonstrated that partnership works. Just yesterday, you saw the seizure that was made because of the collaboration that we had with the NDLEA, so we are pushing for more of such collaboration with NPA to address the issue of port congestion and ensure our ports are more efficient.

“We have reasons for us to collaborate with all these traditional partners. Also, there are new partners whose partnership is of important to us like the Nigerian Inland Waterways (NIWA).

“We need jetties. We need to build modern jetties, and we need to partner with them to get a very strategic location where we can start our jetty, establish very effective base for our marine unit and there are so many platforms through which we can achieve these collaborations.

“I am indeed very satisfied with the stakeholders present here today, we have the presence of the Minister for Marine and Blue Economy, Representative of the Minister for trade and investment, and agencies under the ministry were here, private sector operators and so on. We would just like to ensure that we maintain the momentum of collaboration,” Wale Adeniyi said.

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