On April 23rd 2013, another landmark event in the life of this current customs administration under the watch of Abdullahi Dikko Inde, was the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) signed in the United States Capital, Washington D.C between the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency (CPB) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) led by the Comptroller General Abdullahi Dikko Inde.
This onerous event, facilitated in a two year period has been put in place to provide technical assistance to the NCS in ensuring accurate assessment of Customs fraud, money laundering and very importantly checking International Terrorism.
The Comptroller General of the NCS in his submission at the signing ceremony agrees readily that the event of the most strategic importance to Nigeria and represents a structural approach to consolidating on the existing partnership with the United States.
The Head of Delegation for the United States, Winkowski, stated during the ceremony that the memorandum of understanding would strengthen the resilience of the United States against threats by expanding cooperation and information sharing.
This agreement marks a significant milestone, in the annals of the Nigerian Customs Service.
The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Custom Service Abdullahi Dikko Inde remains one of the most decorated and awarded individuals in the Nigerian Sphere.
This is resultant from an exceptional devotion to duty and an unbested public and private strive for positive change in the society.
These awards include the highest National Honours of the Member of the Federal Republic (MFR), Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).
Other Awards include the Saudi Arabia Kingdom award for Philanthropic Services, by the International Relief Organization, The African Age International Leadership Gold Award for Excellence, African Role Model Leadership Gold Award for National Development, African Icon of Our Generation Award (2008) by accolades International Organization.
Other prominent Award also include the African Choice International News Magazine Award for Meritorious Service (2008), African Gold International Communications Award for Great Patriotic Achievers, The Beema Communications Limited Award for Meritorious Service and Exemplary Leadership (MSAEL), The South–South International Media Organization Meritorious for Heroic Service (2009) and The Badagry New Generation Movement against smuggling and Abdullahi Dikko Inde was among prominent Nigerians honoured at the Igbinedion University.
Okada, Edo State The Comptroller General of Customs was conferred with the award of Doctor of Administration according to the chancellor the award was in recognition of his contribution to peace,unity and development of the country
There is no greater confirmation of an individual’s dynamism and achievement than the recognition from far flung organizations and near ones and even from the general public, who instantly get the benefit of such endeavour.
In the entire history of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), this epoch remains the most productive and accomplished. Those who currently head the agency have surely sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwinds personally and for motherland as well.
In a country facing the most measureless leadership crisis ever and national establishments visited with the most imprudence, those who commit themselves to excellence shine like the North Star. This saga as relating to the NCS is the golden era of Nigerian Customs Service, where a storm is brewing. It’s the storm of hope and reform.