Outgoing Area Controller urges Customs Officers on integrity, trade promotion



Outgoing CAC Apapa Area Command, Eporwei Edike addressing officers at the command
The outgoing Customs Area Controller, Apapa Area 1 Command, Mr Eporwei Edike, on Monday advised officers to maintain the integrity the command is known for, even as he leaves for a higher office.

Edike was recently promoted an Assistant Comptroller General and in acting capacity as coordinator in charge of Customs Zone A, Lagos.

 He charged the officers to do their jobs in the manner that would promote trade to benefit the nation's economy.

He warned against any form of delays of documents, except in cases where faults were found in declaration.

He said that every officer that worked with integrity could rise to the highest level of the service.

"All the turnaround that happened here was with your support, therefore, hold dearly the things we taught you and work to facilitate trade.

"Everybody here is a potential CG. But you have to remain on board to get there and not when you fall off.

"Do your assignment in the manner approved by the Board, which is the only way for you to go up further.

"There is a government of change, so, you will remain on board when you change for the better.

"But you will be pushed off board if you are discovered to be otherwise as the days of impunity are gone," he said.

Edike, however, said that no one should be allowed to short-change the Federal Government by way of under-declaration.
He said, " if there is fault with a declaration and they are found wanting, let them pay to the last kobo because one kobo out of a million naira cannot be the same."

He said that the command would continue to perform creditably due to the structure put in place to run the system perfectly even in the absence of any person.

Edike, after inspecting the guard in parade, handed over the affairs of the command to the most senior Deputy Controller, Mr Maitizumahs Gwani.

Until now, Gwani was the DC in charge of EKO Support Service.

Edike said Gwani’s assignment was temporary as only the Comptroller-General had Authority to appoint a new controller for the command.

He concluded by advising the officers at the command not to heed any illegal advice from anybody.