Vice President, Kashim Shettima, decorated the Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Bashir Adeniyi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, June 26.
Mr Adeniyi was named the Acting Comptroller-General of Customs by President Bola Tinubu last week, alongside other newly appointed security heads.
The decoration of Adeniyi came some days after Vice President Shettima decorated the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, with his new rant at the Villa.
Speaking at the decoration ceremony, Vice President Shettima, said; ‘’Congratulations for bringing professionalism back to the Nigerian Customs Service. Now, every Customs officer can aspire to occupy the pinnacle of his or her profession. I wish you well, on behalf of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Congratulations, once again,” the VP added.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the decoration ceremony, Adeniyi expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for appointing a serving officer as the head of the agency, assuring him and Nigerians of a more effective and innovation driven Customs Service.
He said “In the last 8 years, the Nigeria Customs Service has gone through a period of transition. In some areas, we recorded progress - we made remarkable progress in E-Customs; we made a lot of breakthroughs in capacity building. But the Customs Service can still live to its full potentials when we bring in more innovation to drive Customs operations. These are the kind of things we are looking at in the years ahead.”
Continuing, Adeniyi said “We are going to be professional in our approach, there are a number of key stakeholders that we are going to be working with, it is a very onerous task but we are going to be working alongside other stakeholders and partners that we have identified.”
“We intend to come up with innovations that will carry along all partners and stakeholders. We are going to leverage technology and innovation to break new grounds in Customs operations.”
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