Comptroller Mohammed, A.A, New Customs Area Controller of Seme Command Declares His Administrative Principles

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About three weeks ago, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, took over as the new Customs Area Controller of Seme Command. In his remark at the short reception organized to welcome him to the command, Comptroller Mohammed said he understands the enormous task before him and that he was ready to face it headlong. He then declared his administrative principles, to all the sectional/unit heads in the command, stakeholders and opinion leaders of the host communities, present at the ceremony.

Comptroller Mohammed said that the laws that govern the operations of all Customs commands in Nigeria are universal, thus managing them is a continuum. Consequently, he acknowledged the accomplishments of his predecessor and he promised to consolidate as well as improve on them. The comptroller declared that he will operate an open-door policy which is aimed at actualizing the core mandate of the Nigeria Customs Service which is: collection of maximum revenue, suppression of smuggling and facilitation of legitimate trade.

He stated that under his leadership, the command will operate strictly in compliance with the policy thrust of the Comptroller General of Customs which ensures total enforcement of the federal government’s fiscal policies to its logical conclusion. He stressed that any action detrimental to the core objectives of trade facilitation will not be tolerated, emphasizing that every officer must make conscious and deliberate effort to avoid being a barrier to legitimate trade facilitation across the frontier under his watch. He also directed that all actions must be strictly guided by the service operational golden rules – one of which is the 7cs.

He reminded the sectional/unit heads present that the command is host to a very strategic corridor to other West African countries, he stated that he will ensure that it is only approved checkpoints that are maintained, and that the patrol teams are very mobile and not allowed to be static, to avoid any unnecessary embarrassment for the country or the Service on this very important international route. He warned that all contraventions against extant laws as regards to clearance procedure will be visited with severe sanctions.

Furthermore, while commenting on the anti-smuggling unit, the comptroller said he will strengthen the unit for aggressive anti-smuggling operation; he restated that the anti-smuggling war inherited from his predecessor must be sustained. He then urged the patrol leaders to redouble their efforts as he has no intention of entertaining failure under any disguise.

In his conclusion, the Customs Area Controller said that cooperation and compliance with the statutory provisions of the service will make the command conducive for everybody. He also stressed that he was going to explore mutual consultation and engagement between the Service, stakeholders and the host communities for a healthy symbiotic relationship.

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