FOR its exceptional service, the
World Customs Organization
(WCO) has conferred a prestigious
award on the Tincan Island Port
Command of the Nigeria Customs
Service, during the celebration of
the 2018 International Customs
Day (ICD) themed “To Secure
Business Environment For
Economic Development.”
Making the presentation on
behalf of the WCO Secretary
General, Kunio Mikuriya, the
Comptroller General of Customs,
Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), told the
audience that the International
Customs Day celebrated by
Customs Administrations all
over the world, provided an
opportunity to X-ray, review and
evaluate the role of Customs in
Nation building as a Revenue
Generating Agency, stating
further that the theme for the
year was apt considering the state
of insecurity and challenges in
Nigeria and the world at large.
Contained in a statement by
the Command’s Public Relations
Officer, Uche Ejesieme, the
Tincan Island Command of the
NCS had in the last two years
generated over five hundred
and forty four billion, forty-nine
million, six hundred and twentyone
thousand, five hundred and
fifteen naira (N544,049,621,515) in
revenue through various reforms
that he instituted.
Speaking on the achievements
of the Customs Service in 2017, the
CGC said the customs generated
N1.3 trillion into the nation’s
account in addition to its antismuggling
operations through
spectacular seizures among
others.
He stated that the International
event was also a time to recognise
private and public organisations
as well as officers and units that
have demonstrated outstanding
performance during the period
under reference for awards by the
WCO.
Receiving the award on behalf
of the Command, the Comptroller
Bashar Yusuf recalled that “I
assumed leadership of the
command at a time its rating
was at lowest ebb in terms of
functionality in areas of revenue
and seizures which forms the core
mandate of the Command.
“I thank God Almighty for
giving me the wherewithal to
justify the confidence reposed
in me by the CGC and his
Management which is evidenced
in this International Award. I
therefore dedicate it to the Entire
Tincan Team, comprising the
officers/men, the CIU, Valuation,
PCA, the Customs Brokers, critical
Stakeholders and the Media for
their tremendous support.”
it would be recalled that
Comptroller Bashar in the last two
years generated over five hundred
and forty four billion, forty-nine
million, six hundred and twentyone
thousand, five hundred and
fifteen naira (N544,049,621,515)
in Revenue through various
far reaching reforms which he
instituted.
Part of the reform agenda was
the building of a ICT Training
Centre as well as a fully equipped
clinic which was officially
commissioned by the CGC on
the 11th of November 2017. The
training facility has been used
to train over one thousand two
hundred (1,200) people, including
officers and other stakeholders.
On the area of seizures, the
command in the past two years
recorded very unique seizures
which included but not limited to;
Cocaine with a street value of over
two (2) billion naira concealed
in a container. 900 Cartridges/
Military Hardware,Recovery of
suspected stolen two (2) Range
Rover and repatriation of same
through Interpol to United
State of America, Seizure of
substandard/Regulated Tramadol
Containers,Large quantity of
Biafran Arms band 31 containers
of rice falsely declared as yeast/
bread enhancer,20 x 20 containers
of Vegetable Oil falsely declared
as Disodium Phosphate.
On assumption, the CAC drew
the attention of officers/men to
the change ideology and mantra
of the CGC which is anchored on
tripod of – Restructure, Reform
and Revenue Generation. These
provided an operational template
and road map which guides the
operation and which eventually
guaranteed historical results
being celebrated at the instance of
WCO.
The name of the Command,
which Comptroller Bashar
epitomizes would have been
written in gold, especially when
he considers the trajectory of the
command in the past viz-a-viz
these achievement.
All these landmark seizures
gave the command the sobriquet
of a “Benchmark Command”
which provided the needed
impetus for the subsequent trail
blazing records. These records
culminated into commendation
letters by the Comptroller General
of Customs in the following areas:
Commendation for exercising
due diligence in the interception
of “Pro-Biafran” materials,
Commendation for the
interception of 1 x 40ft container
laden with sophisticated Military
Hardware.
Commendation for the
interception of eight (8) bags of
twenty-five (25) parcels falsely
declared as Virgin Cellulose,
which eventually was confirmed
by NDLEA to be cocaine worth
over two (2) billion naira in the
market.
Answering question from the
Media after the Award, he stated
that part of his strategy was the
concept of “Team Spirit” which
saw to his open door policy of
inclusiveness, believing that team
spirit is key to development with
its attendant checks and balances.
“I also have a profiling team
comprising all the egg heads,
APM, the CIU, the Valuation Unit,
PCA, Enforcement and indeed
the entire officers/men, whose
invaluable contribution cannot be
quantified.
“We are very passionate about
collaboration and synergy with
critical agencies and we have
imbibed the virtues of transparentintegrity
and due diligence in our
day to day dealing in line with
Global Best Practices,” he said.

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