Deputy Comptroller in charge of Administration at the Ogun 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Dera Nnadi, who doubles as immediate past Deputy Comptroller of Enforcement at the Tin Can Island command of the service has been elevated to the rank of full Comptroller.
The development forms part of the approval of the Board of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,for the promotion of a total of 2, 707 officers and men of the service across all cadres including four Deputy Comptrollers General comprising DCG Catherine Ekekezie, DCG Abdullahi Babani, DCG Mohammed Boyi and DCG Elton Edorhe as well as 12 Assistant Comptrollers General.
Comptroller General of the service, Hameed Ali rtd. While speaking on the promotions, charged the promoted officers and men to do more to justify the confidence reposed on them by the Board and Management.
A one -time Public Relations Officer in charge of Lagos Zone A and Apapa Area 1 Command of the service, Comptroller Nnadi played vital roles in sustaining and implementing the kick-off the Port Concession programme in 2006, the introduction of the Nigeria Common External Tariff and Destination Inspection Scheme as well as the e-Payment regime in Customs in 2008.
He was secretary to the Zone ‘A’ Lagos of the service during the Customs Reform Committee and a Trade Facilitator and World Customs Organisation WCO Award Winner for the promotion of Customs-Business Relationship
Before his promotion to the rank of Deputy Comptroller and deployment to Tin Can Command, he was at the Strategic Research and Policy Department of the service headquarters Abuja, where he headed the Intellectual Property Right/Environment and One -Stop Investment Centre
He is a member of the National Trade Facilitation Committee, a committee that worked towards Nigeria’s ratification of the World Trade Organisation-Trade Facilitation Agreement and is also effective as the committee for the smooth implementation of the TFA in Nigeria.
Comptroller Nnadi is also involved in the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS transit project as a member of the national Inter State Road Transit Scheme which works towards ensuring adherence to the ECOWAS protocols on the Abidjan –Lagos Corridor ALCO and the Lagos – Kastina- Jibia LAKJI corridor.
He is also a serving member of the committee on Strategic Plan and review of the Customs and Excise Management Act CEMA.
Comptroller Nnadi also maintains extensive contacts and networking among the various stakeholders, generating positive image for the Service. In doing so, he is widely respected for being firm and decisive on the position of the service he projects without compromising courtesy. To those that know him, he enjoys considerable confidence of the maritime industry stakeholders, and can be relied upon to activate Customs Business Dialogue Sessions as he is ever ready with opinions in the best interest of the industry whenever consulted.
He has attended several courses in Public Relations, Event and Crisis Management, Cross Border Crime Prevention, and Leadership and Management, Trade Facilitation Agreement among other trainings and workshops.
Comptroller Nnadi is an alumnus of the renowned American International Law Enforcement Academy, a Fellow and Senior Research Fellow of the International Logistics Administration and also a Fellow Freight Forwarders Academy of Nigeria. He has won several awards including the prestigious World Customs Organisations Merit Award for promoting Customs Business relationship. He is happily married and blessed with children.