By Kenneth Jukpor
The Tin Can Command the Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that it realized 92.7% of it’s 2017 revenue target of three hundred and ten billion, two hundred and forty-seven million, three hundred and forty-six thousand, nine hundred and ninety naira, eighty-five kobo (N310,247,346,990.85) with a total collection/generation of two hundred and eighty- seven billion, six hundred and thirty-two million, nine hundred and twelve thousand, six hundred and sixty seven naira forty nine kobo (N287,632,912,667,49) and a difference of twenty- two billion, six hundred and fourteen million, four hundred and thirty-four thousand, three hundred and twenty-three naira, thirty six kobo (N22,614,434,323.36)
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Uche Ejisieme reavealed this in a press release issued yesterday.
Highlighting some of the positive restructuring which took place at the Command last year, the release noted that the Customs Area Controller instituted several reforms in the entire administrative and operational value chain which resulted in remarkable seizures.
“Part of the strategy was on the issue of due diligence and professionalism in documentations and examination of cargo. It was therefore on the basis of the foregoing that the command recorded a total of 2010 (two thousand and ten) Pump Action Riffles during the period under reference. Following these the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) was at the Command on those three occasions with some members of his management to address the media.” it read in part.
A total of five (5) officers of the command who demonstrated uncommon diligence through detection of arms in the Command were rewarded with special promotions to the next Rank as an incentive for better functionality.
The celebrated officers are as follows;
1. 42988 A/C S. CHIROMA
2. 50201 ASC I E. E. AMAKU
3. 49271 ASC I B. T. AWUA
4. 55267 ASC I B. BABAGANA
5. 46648 CA/I M. LAWAL
On other special projects in view of the importance which the Command attached to capacity building, as a critical element in 21st Century Customs Operations, the Customs Area Controller embarked on a construction of an ICT Training Centre, with a thirty (30) workstations fully connected, to serve the training needs of officers and men as well as other critical Stakeholders. The training facility has been used to train over nine hundred and fifty-eight (958) officers and stakeholders in areas relevant to their operations.
In the same vein, a State of the Art clinic was constructed to take care of the medical needs of both officers and other publics. The clinic is fully equipped with male and female wards with a mini pharmacy. These facilities were eventually commissioned by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), who eulogized the Customs Area Controller for demonstrating exceptional leadership quality.
The command during the period under review also sutained and strengthened it’s relationship with other key Agencies of Government both within and outside the
The Command strongly believes that mutual understanding for peaceful co-existence is key in the actualization of our mandate. Also of note is the importance which the World Customs Organization (WCO) attaches to “Stakeholder Engagement”. This, we have domesticated and demonstrated through interception of the handing over of intercepted regulated consignments to the appropriate Agencies for further due diligence. Specifically we handed over ten (10) 40ft containers of both substandard, fake/regulated pharmaceuticals to NAFDAC and NDLEA respectively at different times during the period under review.
Meanwhile, projecting into 2018 the CAC has pledged to align with the change ideology of the Comptroller-General and his Management. “We don’t envisage to loose grounds but rather consolidate on the achievements already recorded in 2015 to 2017”, he said.
According to the CAC, the Command will seek to create proactive measures leveraging on our comparative advantage in the application of ICT for best practices. The command is optimistic that the recent deployment of NICIS II platform, will further enhance our capacity in the area of Revenue Collection, and in ensuring extracting the commitment of officers/men, promoting transparency, integrity and professionalism.
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