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Comptroller Olomu Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Oba of Lagos: Seeking Support for Customs Operations

In line with the policy direction of the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) Bashir Adewale Adeniyi (MFR), Comptroller Olomu, the Customs Area Controller of Apapa Area Command, fulfilled his promise to promote a robust customs community relations system. As part of this effort, he paid a courtesy visit to the Oba of Lagos, also known as the Eleko of Eko, His Royal Majesty Oba Rilwan Akinolu, at his palace, Iga Idunganran in Lagos, Nigeria.

During the visit, Comptroller Olomu conveyed warm greetings from the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, and emphasized the critical role of traditional institutions in promoting and supporting fiscal compliance. The purpose of their visit was to seek royal blessings from the monarch and to solicit support in ensuring full compliance with government fiscal policies by Lagosians and stakeholders.

Highlighting the significance of the Lagos and Apapa ports to the nation’s economy, Comptroller Olomu stated that the Nigeria Customs Service is expected to generate a total of N5.1 trillion in the fiscal year 2024, with the Apapa area command responsible for generating N2.3 trillion of that amount. He emphasized the need for collaboration with traditional institutions to achieve the projected revenue and successfully implement government policies. Additionally, he highlighted the importance of minimizing the smuggling of adulterated drugs, which poses a significant threat to public health and safety.

In response, Oba Akinolu expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the Customs Service and called for stricter measures to combat the smuggling of prohibited and adulterated drugs into the country. He emphasized the immense harm caused by drug smuggling and urged continued education and awareness among citizens about the dangers of these illicit activities. The monarch commended the collaboration between the NCS and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in combating drug smuggling and assured Comptroller Olomu of his unwavering support.

Oba Akinolu also advised the officers to prioritize the education of their children and their health, emphasizing the importance of these aspects in preparing for the future. He concluded by expressing his commitment to cooperation in the fight against drug smuggling and ensuring the safety and well-being of the Nigerian populace.

This visit followed Comptroller Olomu’s recent visit to the Oba of Ijora, Oba Fatai Aromire, as part of efforts to strengthen customs and community relations. The Oba of Ijora noted that this visit was the first of its kind to his palace in the last thirty years.

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