As part of efforts geared towards nation-building via strategic collaborations, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has deepened its alliance with the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
Both institutions made this commitment on Wednesday, when the Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, hosted the Director General of NIPSS, Prof. Ayo Omotayo and his management team at the Customs headquarters in Abuja.
At the meeting which saw both management team formalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the Customs boss expressed optimism that the conference would focus on the immense deliverables which would concretize the outcomes, thereby repositioning the NCS in the discharge of its mandate.
Adeniyi further extended his gratitude to the NIPSS boss for providing the initiatives culminating in signing an MOU, even as he appreciated the legal team from both sides who worked tirelessly to ensure they had the final document while pledging his unwavering commitment to living the spirit and letters of the document in the MOU.
On his part, the Director-General of NIPSS, Prof. Omotayo, explained the agency’s reasons for engaging the NCS, which encapsulates assisting in the repositioning agenda of the NCS and making it more effective in the delivery of the Service’s mandate.
He urged the Ag. Comptroller-General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR to make the NCS become more of a repositioned Service not only in the collection of duties but also in the facilitation of trade and helping other sectors of the Nigerian economy to industrialize.
The Director General of NIPSS emphasized the need for the Nigeria Customs Service to embrace data that can be used to model Nigeria’s economy in the coming years.
Omotayo, equally shared this excitement as he envisaged a new era of progress, driven by both organisations and collaboration, that would lead to the nation’s advancement.