The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has decorated 28 of its newly promoted officers in Seme Area Command with their new ranks.
Addressing the newly promoted officers at Seme border post, Lagos State, the Acting Customs Area Controller, Mr Chedi Wada, said the promotion was associated with additional responsibilities.
The acting controller told the officers that promotion comes with new responsibilities and urged them to show more commitment to the service.
“You have to prove to the management that you are capable of that new rank and let the service know that you merit the rank.
“Though promotion comes from God, when you are uplifted, it means that they want you to show more commitments to the service.
“Put in your best to the service by adding value to human existence.
“When it comes to promotion, I want to categorically say that uplifting of an individual comes from God,” he said.
Wada commended the Comptroller General, Col. Ahmed Alli, (rtd), for his unique reform in promotion exercises of the service.
“You will all agree with me that the new system by the CGS has brought about changes in the mode of our promotion.
“You will also agree with me that promotion before had a lot of issues here and there, but if you look at it now, it is a matter of getting prepared and doing your best.
“You know people or you don’t know anybody, so far you have done well in the examination, give the rest to God, you will be promoted,” he said.
In the meantime, the Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted 79 used vehicles, known as ‘Tokunbo’ and 136,350 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) called petrol in the last six months.
The Acting Customs Area Comptroller, Mr Chedi Wada, told newsmen in Seme today that the command made a total 824 interceptions with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N413.4 million.
Wada said that the command remitted the sum of N22, 477, 920 into the federation account as revenue from January to June.
“The revenue figures were proceeds realised from auction sales of seized perishables items, which is in line with Customs and Excise Management Act provision,” he said.
He said that in spite of the government’s efforts toward reducing smuggling to a minimal level, some unpatriotic Nigerians had continued in the evil act.
“In continuation of the anti-smuggling drive against the activities of deviant smugglers, the Seme command of NCS recorded gigantic strides between January and June.
“The command recorded 824 interceptions with DPV of N413, 370, 484.00 in six months.
“The items include 3, 236 bags of 50kg foreign rice, 136, 350 litres of petrol, 79 units of fairly used vehicles and 1,302 cartons of frozen poultry products.
“Others are 156 parcels of cannabis sativa, 156 jerrycans of vegetable oil and 7,763 general merchandise items,” he said.
The acting comptroller said that the successes recorded were as a result of designed and implemented strategies since he assumed office.
Wada said the renewed synergy among different components of anti-smuggling units also assisted the command in countering the activities of smugglers within the command.
He called on the public to cooperate with the service to succeed in its anti-smuggling crusade and refrain from unnecessary hostilities when officers were performing their lawful duties.
He also urged the people to take advantage of the various federal government intervention programmes and key into it for a legitimate means of livelihood.