“NCS’s Resilience Amid Closed Borders: Driving Economic Growth Under President Tinubu’s First Year”

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Nigeria Customs Services  CGC Adewale Adeniyi

Despite the challenges posed by closed borders during President Tinubu’s first year in office, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has demonstrated remarkable resilience and adaptability, playing a pivotal role in sustaining economic activities, revenue generation, and trade facilitation in Nigeria. Tasked with safeguarding Nigeria’s borders and regulating cross-border trade, the NCS, under President Tinubu’s administration, has leveraged innovative strategies and operational efficiency to mitigate the adverse impacts of border closures while advancing the nation’s economic interests.



The closure of Nigeria’s land borders, initiated in response to security concerns and the need to curb smuggling activities, presented both opportunities and challenges for the NCS. While the closure disrupted informal trade routes and temporarily limited the flow of goods across borders, it also provided the NCS with an opportunity to strengthen border surveillance, enhance regulatory compliance, and combat illicit trade more effectively. Under President Tinubu’s leadership, the NCS intensified patrols, deployed advanced technology for border monitoring, and collaborated closely with other law enforcement agencies to enforce border security measures, thereby minimizing the proliferation of contraband goods and enhancing national security.




Despite the restrictions on formal cross-border trade, the NCS remained actively engaged in facilitating legitimate trade and ensuring the smooth flow of goods through authorized entry points such as seaports and airports. Recognizing the importance of trade facilitation in sustaining economic activities and preserving supply chains, the NCS implemented measures to expedite customs clearance processes, reduce bureaucratic bottlenecks, and enhance the predictability of trade procedures. By leveraging digital platforms, automating customs procedures, and adopting risk-based inspection protocols, the NCS improved operational efficiency, minimized trade disruptions, and maintained the integrity of the supply chain ecosystem.




Moreover, the NCS intensified efforts to enhance revenue collection and fiscal sustainability despite the challenges posed by closed borders. Recognizing the need to diversify revenue sources and optimize existing revenue streams, the NCS implemented targeted enforcement measures, conducted rigorous audits, and leveraged technology-driven solutions to identify revenue leakages and enforce compliance with customs regulations. By adopting a risk management approach and focusing on high-value imports and strategic sectors, the NCS achieved significant gains in revenue collection, thereby bolstering the government’s capacity to finance critical infrastructure projects and social programs.



Furthermore, the NCS played a crucial role in supporting domestic industries and promoting import substitution strategies during the period of closed borders. By collaborating with relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, industry associations, and trade unions, the NCS facilitated the importation of essential raw materials, machinery, and equipment necessary for local manufacturing and industrial production. Through targeted interventions such as tariff concessions, duty waivers, and streamlined clearance procedures, the NCS enabled Nigerian industries to remain competitive, maintain operational continuity, and contribute to economic resilience amid external trade restrictions.




Looking ahead, as Nigeria gradually reopens its borders and recalibrates its trade policies in alignment with broader economic objectives, the NCS, under President Tinubu’s administration, is poised to continue playing a central role in shaping the nation’s trade landscape, enhancing border security, and promoting sustainable economic growth. Through strategic reforms, enhanced collaboration with stakeholders, and the adoption of technology-driven solutions, the NCS remains committed to advancing Nigeria’s economic interests and reinforcing its position as a key player in the global marketplace.

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