May 23, 2024
The Comptroller General of Customs Service in Nigeria
The Comptroller General of Customs Service in Nigeria

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has officially approved the appointment of Adewale Adeniyi as the new Comptroller of Nigeria’s Customs Service.

Who Is The Comptroller General of Customs Service in Nigeria?

The Comptroller General of Customs Service in Nigeria is Bashir Adewale Adeniyi. He’s in charge of leading and managing the Customs Service. He handles the financial matters of the service, and he also holds the position of Vice Chairman on the Nigeria Customs Service Board. The Board is headed by the Minister of Finance.

Adewale Adeniyi has been officially appointed as the Comptroller-General (CG) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). President Bola Tinubu made this confirmation on Friday, nearly four months after Adeniyi initially assumed the role of acting CG for the NCS.

This announcement was made in a statement issued by Willie Bassey, the Director of Information at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on Friday, October 20, 2023. The appointment is effective from October 19, 2023, and complies with the existing rules outlined in the Public Service Rules (PSR). The President has urged Adeniyi to utilize his extensive experience in his new role.

Earlier when he was recommended to assume the position as acting comptroller, The Vice President said, “Congratulations for reintroducing professionalism to the Nigerian Customs Service. Now, every Customs officer can aspire to reach the highest level in their career. I wish you well, on behalf of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. Congratulations once again.”

After the decoration ceremony, Mr. Adeniyi thanked President Bola Tinubu for appointing a serving officer as the head of the agency. He assured the President and the people of Nigeria that the Customs Service will become more effective and innovative under his leadership.

He mentioned, “In the last 8 years, the Nigeria Customs Service has gone through a period of transition. We made significant progress in E-Customs and capacity building. However, we believe that the Customs Service can achieve its full potential with more innovation to enhance its operations. These are the areas we will focus on in the coming years.”

He added, “We are committed to a professional approach, and we will collaborate with key stakeholders. It’s a challenging task, but we will work alongside other stakeholders and partners we have identified. We plan to introduce innovations that involve all partners and stakeholders. We will leverage technology and innovation to make significant advancements in Customs operations.”

Who Is Adewale Bashir Adeniyi

Adeniyi is currently the head of Nigeria’s Customs Service, where he has been serving for over 30 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University in June 1987 and a Master of Arts in Communication Science from Universitaire Svizzera D’Italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland, in November 2013.

He also served as the Commandant of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College in Gwagwalada, Abuja. Adeniyi was the National Public Relations Officer of Customs for a record duration from June 2003 to May 2011. He received the Comptroller-General of Customs Award for his role in seizing $8,065,612 million in cash at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in January 2020.

Who is a comptroller In Customs Service?

A comptroller in the customs service is a person who helps make sure that things run smoothly with money and finances. They work within the customs service, which is responsible for regulating what comes in and goes out of a country. The comptroller’s job is to keep track of the money the customs service gets and spends.

Here’s how they do it:

Money Matters

The comptroller keeps a close eye on the money the customs service gets from things like taxes and fees. They also make sure the money is used the right way to pay for important things like customs officers’ salaries, equipment, and other expenses.

Following the Rules

Customs rules can be quite complicated. The comptroller makes sure the customs service follows these rules and laws. They need to ensure that the money is collected properly and that everything is done fairly.

Reports and Records

Comptrollers also keep records of all the money-related activities. They create reports and documents that show how the money is being handled. This helps everyone see what’s happening with the finances.

Helping to Plan

Comptrollers play a big role in making plans for the customs service’s budget. They work with other people in the customs service to decide how to spend the money wisely, like maybe buying new equipment or hiring more customs officers.

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