Ogunkua, 2 Others Bag Transparency Awards

Customs Area Comptroller Oyo/Osun Area command, Mr. Temitope Ogunkua flanked by other customs officers
  • As PTML Customs Command Exceeds Target; Generates N9b

The Customs Area Controller for Oyo/Osun Area Command, Comptroller Ogunkua Tolutope has been conferred with the prestigious Transparency Medal Award by a notable continental media organization – MSC Africa Magazine.

Two other officers of the Command, CSC Hinga Philip and DSC Alajogun Joseph similarly bagged ‘the Best Staff Officer of the Year’ and ‘the Best Operation Officer of the Year’ respectively from the same organization, at a historic presentation ceremony held on Monday at the Customs Boardroom in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Customs Public Relations Officer, Onuigbo Ifeoma Ojekwu who confirmed this also indicated that Publisher, Otunba Gbenga Adebayo who personally decorated the officers with the honorary awards, lauded their special efforts  the overall accomplishments of the Command, particularly the feat recorded by the Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service in the last few years, amounting to tactically neutralizing the antics of  smugglers and tremendously boosting the country’s revenue generation profile.

He identified them with the large number of seizures of contraband items and detention of those who in one way or the other involved themselves in various smuggling activities by the command and described the Customs Area Controller as a role model in view of the existing camaraderie between him and the officers and men.

He therefore enjoined other Commands to emulate the good gesture by ensuring synergy among their operatives for effectiveness.

In the same vein, he urged the members of the  public to always see officers and men of  the Customs Service as partners in progress saying “the era when the Customs is perceived as enemies of the society is over as the Customs remains one of the torchbearers of the national economy.”

“Only charlatans and smugglers will not see anything good in the Nigeria Customs service,” he reiterated.

Responding, Comptroller Ogunkua commended the management of the Continental Media Organization for their editorial judgment while advocating progressive and developmental journalism in the country as against the ugly culture of pull-him-down or blackmail syndrome.

The Customs Area Controller who expressed his determination to keep up the good work in the Command also dedicated his award to the gallant officers and men of the Command saying he could not have achieved anything worthwhile without their support.

In the meantime, Ports and Terminal Multi-services Ltd. Customs Command, Tin-Can Island, Lagos may have exceeded its monthly revenue target of N6.3 billion in March, having generated N9 billion, an insider in the command has revealed.

The insider who revealed this on Tuesday in Lagos, pleading for anonymity because he was not endorsed to talk to media also noted that the command generated N5.07 billion in January.

The revenue, he disclosed actually came from from fees, levies, surcharge and duties on imported items; attributing the surge to revenue boost from observed growing traffic in the quantity of cargo passing through the Port, enhanced by
the effective blockage of imports through the land borders.

“Officers ensured that every kobo is collected on the little cargo coming into the port.

“There is re-dedication and effective control of activities in the command by the customs area controller.

“There are also weekly meetings between the controller and officers to ensure that the challenges are addressed.

“Most scanners are not working. Only one or two scanners are working,’’ he indicated, adding that the command has compelled it’s officers and men to always ensure that “what is declared tallies with your document and what you carry is not contraband’’.

He also, however noted that officers were being unduly persecuted over matters concerning rice imports and payment of vehicle duty.