Vanguard (Lagos)

27 November 2012

Nigeria: Abdullahi Advocates Media, Customs Partnership

Comptroller — General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi, yesterday, cautioned his men against snubbing the media, noting that same would work against accurate reporting of the activities of the service.

Speaking at the ongoing 2012 Comptroller-General's Annual Conference of the Customs in Katsina, Katsina State, Dikko condemned some Customs Area Controllers, CACs, who, he noted, hardly pick their calls, much less respond to inquires by journalists.

He added that these CACs had "become tin gods," because as soon as they assume their positions, they treat the media with disdain.

"There are some Area Controllers who do not pick my calls, not to talk of journalists'," he said.

Dikko wondered why these CACs shied away from journalists, suggesting that the CACs should inaugurate monthly or bi-monthly fora to brief the media on activities of their respective commands and eliminate room for inaccuracies in news reports.

President of Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, who spoke on Customs-Media Partnership: Building Synergy Towards National Development, commended the website run by the Customs.

He said it was informative and educative, adding that the initiative spoke well of what the Customs was doing and showed that it had come of age.

Adefaye said: "The Customs have done well by partnering the media, which has in turn made the media to cover the activities of Customs well."

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