The new Customs Controller of Seme Command, Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Dera Nnadi has stated that during his tenure schemes like ongoing ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) would be explored for the common good of Nigeria.
Comptroller Nnadi who described Nigeria as a “strategic economic player in Africa” stated this while taking over the leadership of the command on Monday at Seme Border in Lagos State.
“Nigeria’s economy is central to the West African sub-region with its population of over 200 million and the country (Nigeria) has the potentials to contribute to the over one billion African population through the AfCFTA regime”, he noted.
Nnadi therefore urged his officers, other government agencies, members of the border community and travelers to embrace challenges in trans-border trade and comply with the law guiding international trade all the time.
While observing that the border communities had challenges especially infrastructure wise, he pointed out that such were not insurmountable as, according to him, there was the need to cover up such gaps in order to improve their standard of living and promote lawful sources of livelihood.
Ahead of the 2023 elections, he advised his officers to be polite to travelers and traders using the Seme corridor and be firm in curbing any form of lawlessness.
The CAC said his experience and knowledge from previous assignments across the border and his academic exposures would be deployed to border administration and management.
Nnadi attended NIPSS in 2022. He worked at the Idiroko Command as controller before he was seconded to NIPSS in Jos, Plateau State.