Adeniyi made this statement during a meeting with the Governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Zulum, in Abuja, which took place on Friday.
Adeniyi emphasized the intention of the service to revitalize cross-border trade in the northeast region. He also conveyed the readiness of the service to enhance trade activities in northeastern Nigeria.
He remarked, “Moving forward, we will need your support to engage with members of the border communities in Borno, especially as the insurgency has been degraded. We will build on the good relationship that we have and leverage it to re-establish a good relationship with Cameroon and, of course, the southern part of Chad.”
The Customs boss explained that this initiative would contribute to the economic growth of the region and generate employment opportunities for the people of the state.
The CGC expressed gratitude for the enduring partnership between the service and the Borno State Government, which has encompassed border security and humanitarian services.
He affirmed his commitment to assisting victims of terrorism in the state. He assured the governor of his administration’s dedication to collaborating with the military to formulate new strategies for reinstating a robust structure for cross-border trade in the area.
Governor Zulum congratulated Adeniyi on his appointment as the CGC and commended the NCS for their efforts in improving the living conditions of displaced communities in Borno and the northeastern region. He praised the service for its distribution of food and non-food items to displaced individuals, which has alleviated the suffering of those affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.