The umbrella body of journalists covering the maritime industry, the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) has expressed delight at the confirmation of Mr. Adewale Bashir Adeniyi as the substantive Comptroller General of Customs (CGC).

Describing the development as a welcome one which has allayed the worries of stakeholders in the industry, the foremost maritime beat association in the country in a statement by its President, Mr. Godfrey Bivbere said: “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has through the confirmation further demonstrated that excellence will always be rewarded”.

Continuing, the statement which was made available to Maritime Bits shortly after the news of the confirmation was made public quoted Bivbere saying “I congratulate President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for confirming the appointment of Adewale Adeniyi as the substantive Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). This action has demonstrated that the President will always reward excellence.

“The appointment of Adewale Adeniyi brought so much excitement to the industry in the first place. This confirmation will go a step further to reenergize the CGC to deliver on his mandate of facilitating trade and building a virile customs service that can be at par with global standards”.

According to him, we have no doubt that the CGC will be buoyed by this confirmation to do more than he has been doing since he was first appointed in an acting capacity. Once again, we commend the president for this confirmation.

Maritime Bits had reported that President Tinubu had on the 19th of June, 2023 announced Adeniyi as the Acting CGC to the delight of many stakeholders in the maritime industry and beyond.

It is on record that on Friday, October 20, 2023, the Director Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Willie Bassey in a statement issued in Abuja announced the confirmation.

The statement quoted Mr. President urging Adeniyi to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new assignment.

“His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has approved the confirmation of the appointment of Adewale Adeniyi (MFR) as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service. The appointment takes effect from 19th October 2023, and his tenure is in accordance with the extant provisions of the Public Service Rules (PSR).The President tasked him to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new assignment”, the statement added.


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