The rising wave of violence and insecurity poses a challenge to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) as it must ensure that dangerous materials were not taken into the country through its borders.
NCS Comptroller-General, Alhaji Abullahi Dikko made the remark last Tuesday in Abuja when he visited the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said it was heart-warming, however, that the service had risen to the challenge by ensuring that dangerous materials were not allowed to be taken into the country through the borders.
“If you observe, towards the last quarter of last year, we have been experiencing challenges when it comes to security; you know we are partly security, partly revenue.
“When you look at the borders, we are in charge; anything that happens there is Customs because we are vested with the responsibility of checking goods that cross the border.
“Thank God that things are going well now.’’
The comptroller-general said that the service was glad to be associated with NAN while also pledging the support and patronage of the Customs Service.
Dikko stressed that the visit marked the beginning of an even stronger relationship between NAN and the service.
“NAN is the first place I have ever visited since the beginning of 2012, I am proud and glad to be associated with NAN; this is the beginning of the relationship.’’
Earlier the Managing Director of NAN, Mrs Oluremi Oyo, while thanking the comptroller-general for the visit pledged the agency’s preparedness to collaborate with the Customs Service.
She explained that NAN had the highest collection of journalists with 36 state offices, 14 district offices, five foreign offices and more than 200 subscribers.
She said plans were underway to increase the number of district offices from 14 to 40 so as to report the hinterland more effectively.
“All over the country I want to say that your men and women have been of tremendous help to us and we are grateful to you for that.
“We have 14 district offices and I hope that when the Editor-in-Chief has finished dotting the ‘Is and crossing the ‘Ts, the 14 district offices would increase to about 40.
“The idea is for us to be able to cover the hinterland and right now, NAN happily, is the leader in media photography in the country today.
Oyo said that after the establishment of the offices, more journalists would be employed to provide more media content for the nation.
‘There is no better way in which we can serve the public than for us to have information at all times and I am glad and am proud also that your service has been doing that for us.’’