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Garba Bala Makarfi

Garba Bala Makarfi


Mr. Makarfi has had an eventful and successful career in the Nigeria Customs Service spanning twenty-five years of active professional experience and exposure. He joined the service in 1989, and worked diligently until he retired as Deputy Comptroller-General in 2014. His sojourn in the department before disengagement, saw him exploring virtually all the units, work schedules, and locations of the service, traversing all parts of Nigeria. During his largely meritorious career, Mr. Makarfi was involved in the enforcement of import, excise duties and other taxes and levies; handling anti-smuggling activities; performing security functions at seaports, airports and international borderlines; generating statistics for planning and budgetary purposes, as well as monitoring foreign exchange utilisation. In February 2013, shortly before retirement, he represented the Nigeria Customs Service during a Mutual Agreement Signing ceremony with Argentina. Mr. Makarfi is reputed to have handled all his statutory tasks with due diligence and high sense of responsibility.


Mr. Makarfi is vastly experienced and exposed in international trade on global and local platforms, which accounted for his many foreign business engagements and travels. In January 2009, he participated in the first Nigerian Business Investment Forum in the United Arab Emirates, where modern Nigerian products were showcased before the world. In May 2010 he attended a professional development workshop in Canada. The following year, he returned to the city of Ontario in Canada for a transformation initiative training in leadership. In the same year (July 2011), he was part of the management and leadership development program in London, United Kingdom. In December 2013, it was the turn of USA when he joined other global business leaders at an Executive Protective Security Training in Washington DC. In the same year, he returned to UAE for a WCO IT conference and exhibition. Mr. Makarfi also participated in a leadership management conference on airport security and border patrol. Happy in retirement, Mr. Makarfi is currently the Chairman and CEO of Rabama Ventures Limited.


He was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, from where he graduated with both a bachelor of science degree and a diploma in Library and Information Science.