Customs Area Controller of Seme, Compt. Dimka, V.D has stated his resolve to transform Seme border command by exploiting every available opportunity to create an enabling working environment to legitimate trade through the coastal Lagos-Abidjan corridor.
The controller is seen by stakeholders to be resolute and uncompromising in his determination to break the jinx of abnormality, irregularities and abuse of procedures.
To both officers and the critical stakeholders, the comptroller re-iterated his riot act, in quote “the Nigeria Customs Service Seme Command refuse to be intimidated by any form of organized protest against the implementation of federal government policies, seme will never remain the same again and nothing will be done with impunity any longer. We must get it right and have a complete moral rebirth in order to complement the relentless effort of the CGC to collect maximum revenue which is one of the core mandates of the service that cannot be handled with levity”.
In his determination to make a difference at all course, the customs area controller who is a vanguard of change and war against non-compliance is using every medium at his disposal to sensitize the public, opinion leaders, the host communities, critical stakeholders and media organizations to partner with him so that the conscious mistake of the past will be avoided.
In a chat with some media men in the command, the comptroller appeals to the print media to go into investigative journalism so as to give a balance, objective and fair representation of both sides on any report or publication to the general public.
The Area controller re-stated that the command has remained firm for people to get it right and for change to be effected.
He cited an instance where the uniformity of the ex-factory price on vehicles in all land borders is misunderstood by our critical stakeholders to be enforced only in seme command.
He used the medium to re-iterate why he is in seme border command: “I am here not to be an impediment to legitimate trade, but to sanitize seme to adhere strictly to customs extant laws, facilitate legitimate trade and collect the maximum revenue, therefore, I cannot work against my mandate of maximum revenue collection’’.
To this end, the compt. re-emphasized to our critical stakeholders to please get it right as government fiscal policies are not meant to be against the citizenry but to bring about the economic development of the entire nation.
Compt. Dimka disclosed that despite the low activities recorded in the last month occasioned by the strike embarked by our Benin Customs counterpart, the skyrocketing exchange rate and our resolute stand for people to comply with the bench mark as stipulated in our extant laws, the command remain undaunted to perform above board as there is a gradual change of attitude to compliance.
He called on all those who are out to circumvent government policies from smooth implementation to have a rethink, surrender and cooperate with the command to move the nation forward, as anything contrary from actualizing the mandate of the service will not see the light of the day.
The Area controller warned all officers not to be involved in the clearance of imported vehicles or interfere with the activities of all the registered licensed agents.
He said any officer caught in the act will face the full wrath of the law. He also charged the officers not to be intimidated by saboteurs in the course of the discharge of their statutory functions.

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