Comptroller Mohammed Auwal, the newly redeployed Comptroller for the Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has tasked officers of the command on due process in their operations.
Auwal gave the charge on Friday on resumption of office to take over the reign of affairs at the command from the outgoing area Controller, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf.
He explained that due process simply means carrying out responsibilities with due diligence and without blemish and advised the staff against compromise.
“We know how far we have gone in this area command, how the service and Federal Government are relying on the officers working in this command to generate revenue.
“I know the shoes I am stepping into and I assure you that I am prepared for the job.
“I am assuring you that from where I am coming from, though much smaller, we have done our best there and I am going to double and triple what I have done in my last area command,” he said.
He said that the command had been structured for excellent performance.
Auwal said that he would sustain the tempo by contributing to the remodelling of the port as well as the command.
“I am going to cooperate and encourage you and legitimately support you. I am appealing to you not to relent on your efforts, and give me the total cooperation you accorded my senior colleague,” he said.
He urged stakeholders to make a thorough and proper declaration to ensure the smooth passage of cargo.
In his remarks, Yusuf now the Assistant Controller General, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and Modernisation Department of the service noted that he had a memorable stay in Apapa and urged officers to extend support to the new area controller.
“I came in here 23 months ago, and I am so glad that I have perfected my work and I am going to hand you over to the new area controller.
“It’s not an easy task, but with your support, perseverance, and zeal, determination to achieve our mandate, we have successfully fit into that shoe and I urge you to support the next area controller.
“The responsibility of a leader is to mentor and ensure compliance and along the line build up a successor that can be groomed and become a leader of tomorrow.
“I have seen a lot of hope in the officers, so many of you will be going to a long place and many of you have a very high passion for the job, please do keep it up, don’t relent and avoid disruption by any means,” he said.
Yusuf urged the officers to carry out their duties diligently without compromising standards.
“We have successfully made lots of achievements, we met the command with a revenue figure of N520 billion. With your determination and effort, we were able to generate N820 billion in 2021, from there to N1.02 trillion in 2022, a feat achieved by you all.
“We made some classical seizures of pentagon drugs, cocaine, tramadol and others.
“In the year 2021, we made 103 seizures and in 2022, 125 seizures, which are containerised cargoes. These cargoes could have found their way into the society without your intervention and other government agencies in the port.
“We have a coordinated synergy within ourselves here, we track and trace every illicit drug in this command, so kindly keep it up and continue with this. Apapa is a no-go area for any illicit importation,” he said.
He also urged illicit traders to be aware of losing their investments.
“I am sure it will be tougher with them with the incoming controller.
“I want our new controller to continue with the modeling in the command as it has made officers work more productively.
“I thank all stakeholders who contributed immensely to the remodelling in the command and this shows the kind of synergy between customs, stakeholders and other government agencies in the port,” he said.
In another development, the Nigeria Customs Service Area 2 Command, Onne Seaport in Rivers has generated a total sum of N242,090,629,309.29 in the 2022 fiscal year.
The Comptroller, Mr. Auwal Muhammad, disclosed this on Thursday in Onne, during his official handing over to the newly deployed Comptroller, Mr. Baba Imam.
Muhammad said that the figure represented an increase of 28.3 percent.
Highlighting some of the command’s achievements, Muhammad attributed his administration’s success to robust synergy among officers and relevant stakeholders in the command.
According to him, the Nigerian Customs Service, Onne port is a revenue-generating command with statutory function covering vast anti-smuggling activities and also serving as an export point for goods.
“Comparatively, when I took over in Sept. 2020, total revenue of N118 billion was generated by the command, and in 2021, an improved revenue to the tune of N188.6 billion representing more than N54 billion increase was generated by the command.
“This constant increase became possible following the introduction of improved revenue generation structures which has enabled the command to achieve as much as the total sum of N242,090,629,309.29 in 2022,” he said.
The Comptroller also attributed the successes so far recorded to aggressive operational activities where all cargoes are subject to 100 percent examination except where interventions became necessary.
“Our ability to thoroughly examine containers has also helped us prevent passage of contraband and unwholesome goods, as well as record high profile seizures by the command.
“The command recorded a total of 51 seizures with a duty paid value amounting to N1,764,303,008.9 in 2022,” he added.
Responding, the new Comptroller promised to leverage existing cooperation aimed at promoting the agency’s mandate.