From left: Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, former CG, Dr. Bernard Nwadialo, immediate past CG, Hemeed Ali and another retired DCG during the ex-management reunion in Abuja, at the weekend.

The Nigeria Customs Service has commenced talks with the Federal Ministry of Finance with a view to initiating a bill at the National Assembly for the establishment of a new dedicated Pension Scheme for officers and men of the service.

Comptroller-General of the service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, who made this disclosure while addressing some retired top management officers of the service during the maiden edition of the ex-management reunion at the Abuja headquarters of the service, weekend, said: “This strategic initiative reflects foresight in securing the financial future of leaders within the Nigeria Customs Service.”

In an emotion-laden speech, the Customs-boss reassured retirees of comprehensive measures to boost their welfare with a plan to integrate them into the Nigeria Customs Service’s healthcare programmes. He also assured of his commitment to sustaining the bonds of friendship beyond the active service period.

Adeniyi further underscored the significance of the reunion, stating: “Today marks a momentous occasion as we come together for the first-ever reunion of Customs’ seasoned leaders.”

He emphasized the wealth of knowledge within the room and the need to strengthen the roots connecting the past, present, and future of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Highlighting the retirees’ significant contributions to the growth and development of the service, Adeniyi emphasised crafting customised programmes for seamless collaboration, ensuring the service continues to benefit from their expertise.

He described the gathering as a definitive avenue for connecting with successful leaders who have played pivotal roles in shaping the organisation.

Optimistic about the impact of the reunion, the CGC expressed confidence that their coming together would contribute to greater efficiency, enhanced regulatory compliance, and stable economic development goals for the country.

 “I am confident that with your continued support and guidance, we will overcome challenges and achieve greater heights”, he noted.

Present at the occasion included the immediate past Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ahmed Ali, Dr. Abubakar Musa, Dr. Bernard Nwadialo, and a former sole administrator, Major-General SOG Ango. Several other former Deputy Comptrollers-General of Customs and Assistant Comptrollers-General of the service were also in attendance.