GWAGWALADA (FCT) – Mr. Wale Adeniyi, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said the ECOWAS Common External Tariff will create more jobs and increase capacity utilisation of industries.
Adeniyi, who is also a Deputy Comptroller of Customs, stated this at a two-day workshop organised for maritime reporters in Abuja.
Common External Tariff is a form of economic union among members of the ECOWAS adopted to enhance economic integration of the sub-region.
The initiative will also enable member states to have other common trade policies.
“Multilateral commitment to treaties like ECOWAS to other ones within the WTO (World Trade Organisation) is going to take a lot of tolls on our revenue base.
“So, we have to find other standard for measuring how good we are.
“We are going to be talking about how are we supporting our industries, how many industries are operating despite the harsh economic environment.
“We are going to be engaging our stakeholders to be telling them, how many graduates we able to employ.
“We are going to be turning to the ports and say how long does it take to process declarations, how many declarations do we process in one day.
“What is the time it takes to discharge goods from vessel and the time it take them out of the ports”?
He urged the maritime reporters to assist customs in enlightening the public, through their reportage of the importance of the CET, which could affect the revenue and boost the nation’s economy.
Adeniyi said that Nigeria’s commitment to the common external tariff would enable it to join the Economy Union market.
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