SEME CUSTOMS: COMMAND’S NEW BOSS PSYCH UP OFFICERS’ TO BOOST REVENUE

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ALH. INDE DIKKO ABDULLAHI, COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF CUSTOMS.

The new Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Seme Area Command, Comptroller Ndalati Mohammed may begun to work on the behavioural patterns of the officers and men of the command, in a bid to maximally collect all revenue due to the government, while working to surmount the challenges of manning a border area.

Ndalati who took over from Controller Egbudin at the weekend, also harped on the need, not only to impound contraband, but also to match each seizure with the smuggler, stressing that illicit trade would continue to thrive, in so far as officers and men of the Service allow the suspects to escape.

”This is the time of change, we must imbibe change, we must exhibit it and show that we are change agents.  Manning the border must include behavioral management of persons. The bottom line is that you have conquered the environment”, he stated, reiterating the Service zero tolerance policy for smuggling.

Highlighting that he would harness all available human and materials resources for customs operations  in a determination to overcome the realities of the peculiar nature of Seme Command, the new CAC expressed deep appreciation for the challenges of Seme command, positing that such constraints would not deter the Service from delivering on its responsibilities of boosting revenue collection, fighting against smuggling and facilitating legitimate trade.

He commended the Comptroller- General of Customs for the various human capacity initiatives he has brought to the Customs while applauding the modernised and improved status of the service under his watch.

”Customs have come of age and we are in the modern day customs. It is no longer the branded, outdated and antiquated Customs and Excise Department we used to know. In other words, professionalism is enhanced and encouraged under the present regime” he said, tasking the officers of the command to join him in making this Yuletide season a harsh one for smugglers, by ensuring that henceforth, officers match seizures with suspects.

“Perpetrators of smuggling acts should upon arrests, investigation, prosecution and conviction be behind bars”, he reasoned and made a promise to do this, while advising those still considering smuggling as business to think twice.

Ndalati advised importers and Customs agents to keep abreast of government policies as they relate to import guidelines, urging them to make compliance with the Customs and Excise Management Act (as amended) a guiding principle; because according to him, all businessmen and companies compliant with the extant order have nothing to fear or worry about when relating with Customs.

He expressed genuine admiration for the leadership qualities of his predecessor, Comptroller Willy Egbudin, who he described as a hardworking and dedicated officer and promised to build on the good works he met on the ground. 
”My predecessor have said that the officers and men on the ground are very resourceful persons and I want to count on that. I solicit their maximum cooperation and optimal input in every endeavour” he stated, commending also the Comptroller- General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde CFR  for his foresight in building the capacity of personnel of the service.

Born 15th March 1959 in Zaria, Comptroller Ndalati, Garba Mohammed had his early education in Zaria and Bida (his hometown).

A pioneer student of the Bayero University Kano (BUK), he participated actively in the Students Union Government of the institution and graduated in 1980 with Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.

He enlisted into the Nigeria Customs Service in 1981 as Superintendent Collector II. He is a seasoned and well trained Customs officer who had over time attended training programmes both nationally and internationally. He had served in several commands across the nation. Until his recent posting to Seme Area Command, Comptroller Ndalati served as Comptroller Headquarters in the office of the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service.

As part of Inter Agency Co-operation and support, he has been involved in several ad-hoc duties with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) right from the inception. He is a recipient of the NDLEA Medal of Honour.

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