CUSTOMS BOSS ADVOCATES GREATER INTER-SERVICE CO-OPERATION

By NBF News
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Customs Area Comptroller for Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command, Alhaji Aminu Dangaladima has advocated greater inter-service co-operation among heads and men of various military and paramilitary services to enhance better understanding and avoid areas of friction.

Dangaladima made this call in Minna, Niger State when he paid courtesy calls on a number of military and paramilitary establishments in Minna at the commencement of his familiarisation tour of border stations and outstations under his command. At the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) headquarters in Minna, the customs boss expressed delight at the opportunity to interact, familiarise and socialise and acquaint himself with officers of the army command.

'We can do things together when we know and interact with each other,' he said, expressing appreciation on the healthy working relationship between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Customs in the state, promising the continued co-operation, support and assistance of his command and the army command. Responding, the TRADOC Commander, Major General J. A. Okunbor described the visit of the customs boss as remarkable, saying he was the first head of any paramilitary service in Niger State to pay him a courtesy visit, pointing out that his command was established in 1991 as the think-tank of the Nigerian Army.

Dangaladima made similar visits to the 313 Artillery Brigade where he solicited the co-operation between his command and the Brigade Command. The Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Del Yakubu described the visit of the customs boss as a privilege and honour to him. Dangaladima at the Niger State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) expressed similar sentiments, saying he was at the agency to further cement the good relationship it had maintained with the customs in the state and to seek further co-operation.

Commander of the agency, Alhaji Abdul Abdullahi assured the customs comptroller of continuous co-operation between NDLEA and customs and enjoined the CAC to feel free to reach him at any time and on any issue. Dangaladima also paid similar visits to the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) where he called for greater co-operation between his command and the paramilitary services in the state.

Heads of the two organisations, Comptroller Sani Sada (Immigration) and Commandant U. Billie (NSCDC) thanked the customs boss for the visits.