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Customs Chief Adeniyi pledges support for excise traders and FTZ enterprises in Ogun 

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The Acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi reaffirmed his commitment to fostering the growth of businesses during a visit to the Ogun II Area Command.

Adeniyi engaged with Excise Traders and Free Trade Zone (FTZ) Operators in Abeokuta, Ogun State, emphasizing the pivotal role their operations play within the country’s economic landscape.

Addressing stakeholders, Adeniyi underscored his dedication to prioritizing the interests of these enterprises, stating, “I have made it a deliberate policy to put your operations at the cornerstone of our activities.”

Recognizing their significance as key contributors to the nation’s economic vitality, he expressed a strong commitment to facilitating their prosperity.

Adeniyi emphasized the broader objectives behind these entities, highlighting the government’s intentions to boost foreign exchange reserves, generate employment opportunities, and stimulate Nigeria’s economic progress.

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He pointed out that various concessions and waivers had been granted to FTZ operators to support these objectives.

Acknowledging the concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the operations of Free Trade Zones and excise-controlled factories, Adeniyi announced the establishment of a dedicated committee to address these issues comprehensively.

He assured that this committee, comprised of representatives from enterprises, the Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), and the Oil and Gas Authority, along with his office, would diligently explore and resolve the identified areas of concern.

During the visit, the Customs Area Controller, Ahmadu Shauibu, highlighted achievements under his command’s purview, including the incorporation of 18 factories under excise control.

In his closing remarks, Adeniyi urged Customs Officers to recognize the integral role they play in advancing Nigeria’s economic interests and development.

The visit concluded with a tour of the Ogun II Area Command facilities, underscoring the NCS’s commitment to fostering collaboration and understanding with key stakeholders.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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