The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) have reenergized their collaboration to combat the importation of subpar goods.
During a visit to the Customs headquarters in Abuja, the Director-General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, emphasized the crucial role played by the Customs in the struggle against the importation of subpar goods.
Salim thanked the past supporters of his group while pleading for a greater strategic commitment now that they have returned to the ports.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, concurred that collaboration across vital government institutions at the ports will significantly boost efficiency and be beneficial for both the protection of the country and its residents.
Ali emphasized the importance of SON upgrading its IT system to facilitate a seamless connection with the NICIS II platform of the NCS. The DG requested that Customs personnel receive training in ISO certifications and pledged to do everything in his power to make this a reality.
The meeting confirmed the Nigerian Customs Service’s readiness and willingness to carry out its legal obligations to safeguard the national economy through trade facilitation, revenue generation, and anti-smuggling activities while also providing the necessary assistance in preventing the importation of substandard goods in cooperation with SON as the designated authority.