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Jonathan welcomes Customs Service reforms

19 February 2014, 09:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan said ongoing reforms in the Nigerian Customs Service would boost security in the country by curtailing the influx of illegal small arms and light weapons.

He said the reforms were necessitated by the need to redefine the core values and operations of the service.

According to Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, the President stated this at an audience with the visiting Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Kunio Mikuriya.

Abati said the President told Mikuriya that with the reforms, the Nigerian Customs Service was being progressively modernized and given the additional role of trade facilitation.

“I started out my career in the Nigeria Customs Service. Within that period and now, there have been significant changes. The role of the Customs Service as a trade facilitator is becoming more apparent. We promise you that the Nigerian government will continue to support reforms in the Customs. If we do things well, others will emulate us in the region,” Jonathan is quoted as saying.

He added that the President also congratulated the Secretary General on his re-election to lead the global body, saying it was due to his strong leadership skills.

In his response, Mikuriya told the President that he had toured ports in Lagos and the Nigeria Customs College, where well-motivated staff showed a readiness to learn and deploy new skills in their operations.

He said he also met the business community in Lagos who testified to the positive impact of ongoing reforms in the Customs Service.

– CAJ News

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