Customs Chief Charges Personnel
The Zonal Coordinator Zone “A” of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, ACG Abueh Monday has charged officers and men of the service to be extra vigilant and dedicated to their duties.
The NCS Head, Public Relations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Headquarters, Yaba, Lagos, Mr. Ephraim Joseph Haruna quoted Abueh saying this while addressing officers during his tour/inspection of commands in Zone “A”.
Haruna quoted Abueh telling officers and men to wake up and be alert to their statutory roles and responsibilities just as he charged them to be more committed to serving their father land.
Describing his charge to them as instructions which they must uphold and keep at all times, Abueh said: “These times calls for greater attention to details. We must become extra careful and vigilant. We must be very thorough. 100 percent examination of containers is a must for all cargo. Do not take anything for granted. Do not sign any document if you are not sure. Sign only what you know and be very certain about it”.
Assuring officers that NCS work is one and the same in all commands, the ACG told officers in the zone to concentrate and focus on their work wherever they find themselves.
Abueh stated that officers who want to remain in a particular post are not doing themselves any good because of the limitations they impose on themselves by not willing to work in other departments or units of the service.
“Any officer who wants to succeed in the service should be ready to work anywhere any time. From Excise, to Enforcement, Valuation, Investigation and Inspection, Excise and Free Trade Zones, Administration, ICT and so on, officers should know what to do. But if you think the only place you want to work is in the ports then you are not a proper officer. Any worthy officer should be well grounded in all aspects of Customs Operations”, he said.
The Customs Chief was emphatic that the Federal Government needs revenue to carry out projects across the country, even as he also stressed the issue of securing the country against saboteurs and deviant elements.
His words: “We cannot compromise security for anything. We have a duty and a responsibility to keep our country and citizens safe. This has always been our duty but the times and the developments around us now call for greater vigilance, I cannot over emphasize this. All Area Controllers must ensure strict supervision and make sure operations run smoothly. Any officer found failing in his or her duty will not be spared. To be fore warned is to be fore armed”.
He charged officers and men at the border commands to ensure that vehicles and rice which have been banned by the Federal Government from coming into the country through the land borders are not allowed to come in for any reason. He warned that any officer caught colluding with smugglers will not be spared.
The ACG assured officers and men that the Comptroller General of Customs Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) was committed to providing tools and equipment need to carry out their duties.
He called on all terminal operators to provide the necessary equipment to enable officers and men to carry out 100 percent examinations effectively and efficiently, and also facilitate trade.