CUSTOMS TASK MARITIME JOURNALISTS ON PROMOTING NIGERIA’S EXPORT POTENTIAL

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 The Customs Area Controllers of the Tincan Island Port Comptroller Y. Bashir has advised Nigerian Journalists to report about the immense export potentials in Nigeria to the entire world.

He said the various mineral and agricultural potentials in Nigeria could replace over reliance on oil revenue, if adequately harnessed.

Comptroller  Bashir who also advised maritime journalists to be constructive in their reportage hinted on the need for them to project the image of Nigeria positively in other to attract investors to the country.

Receiving the Executive members of the Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, Comptroller Bashir said reports in the newspapers are often used by the investors to determine whether to invest in the nation or not.

He charged the members of the fourth estate of the realm to utilise their pen in putting the nation on the path of development through enhanced economic growth.

Bashir said modern customs operations requires capacity building adding that the stakeholders should collaborate with the service to facilitate trade.

He said international communities rely on small clips from a publication for business exchange.

He added ” In your reportage, one small paragraph can ginger up international communities to wave an opinion about economic contributions. Our collective responsibility can change the growth or economic advancement of any country. The entire press community has enormous role to play. This is observable in advanced countries”

Comptroller Bashir also canvass for data utilities to project exportations of our products which are highly required in the western nation.

The President of MAJAN, Mr Ray Ugochukwu in his response said the Association is willing to work hand in hand with the customs command to facilitate trade.

The President praised the CAC for his passion for PAAR which today is a reference point. He further advised the customs to empower the Public Relations department so as to enhance information evenness and equity.

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