The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) have decided to foster corporation in areas of common interest to bring the desired growth and development to the maritime industry and the economy.
To promote this initiative, the DG of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside led the agency’s top management on a courtesy visit to the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.) at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja where leadership of the both agencies agreed to work together in the service of the country.
The proposed areas of partnership are; Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS), the National Single Window Project and Maritime Security all geared towards enhancing productivity in the sector, transparency, plugging revenue leakages and ensuring maritime security among others.
Peterside said, “The Nigerian Customs and NIMASA are both working to accomplish one purpose, which is to facilitate trade to our country, enhance the revenue of government and ensure that those who do business with us respect the laws of our land and that ultimately they don’t take advantage of our people.
“As we are all working towards a common purpose, this even becomes more glaring with the new leadership of our both Agencies”.
He also informed the Customs Service boss that NIMASA has started the process of restructuring and repositioning the agency to make it more business friendly and attract more investors to the country.
In his response, the CG of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Ali (Rtd.) expressed optimism that the renewed partnership between both agencies will bring about the growth of the sector and the economy as a whole.
He said: “Gone are the days that we feel we should do it alone, today the dynamics have changed, technology has given us a platform whereby we can achieve a lot, share information and also distribution of responsibility, I therefore feel NIMASA is one of the organizations we need to partner with, so your coming is to strengthen the already existing relationship,”.
In a statement signed by Mr Isichei Osamgbi, Head of Corporate Communications, NIMASA, the NCS boss expressed the readiness of the NCS to partner with NIMASA in the aforementioned areas, noting that “no single government agency can work alone; we all need to work together for the good of this country.