The United States of America (USA) has rated the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) high on its efforts towards the global fight against drug trafficking and narcotics.
The US Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Mr. Williams Brownfield, gave the commendation when he paid a working visit to the Nigeria Customs Headquarters in Abuja at the weekend.
While describing Nigeria as a country whose transformation was on a fast lane in all aspect of national development, Brownfield said that “the Nigeria Customs role in the global fight against drug trafficking and narcotics have helped a great deal towards the success of the West African Cooperative Security Initiative.”
He said America’s experiences from collaboration with other nations especially Colombia has revealed that the war against narcotics and trafficking of drugs are achievable when customs administrations are equipped with intelligence skills, inter-agency cooperation, excellent technology to detect drugs as well as strong internal monitoring and investigation units
The US Deputy Secretary who was accompanied on the visit by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Terrence McCulley and INL officer, Diane Kohn, further assured the NCS of the readiness of the American government to assist the Service in the identified areas of strength.
In his response, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Abdullahi, who was represented at the meeting by the Deputy Comptroller-General (DCG) in charge of Human Resource Development, Garba Makarfi, commended the American government for the supportive role they have played in the area of capacity building and other technical assistance which Nigeria has benefited.