NCS Seme Command warns against smuggling activities at border

Mohammed Ndalati, Controller, Seme Command
 The new controller of the Seme Border Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Mohammed Ndalati, on Friday declared zero tolerance for smuggling activities at the border area.

In a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Ernest Olottah, the controller promised to harness all available resources to drive home his anti-smuggling goals and ensure that change was embraced.

“I will harness all available human and materials resources for customs operations while bracing up to the realities of the peculiar nature of Seme Command.

“This is the time of change, we must imbibe change. We must exhibit it and show that we are change agents.

“Manning the border must include behavioral management of persons. The bottom line is that you have conquered the environment,'' the controller said.

He also promised to ensure that all revenue due the government was collected in spite of the challenges around the border area.

“Constraints will not deter the command from delivering on its responsibilities of revenue collection, fight against smuggling and facilitation of legitimate trade,” he said.

Ndalati commended the Comptroller- General of Customs for the various human capacity initiatives, which he noted had brought about a modernised and improved status of the service.

''It is no longer the branded outdated and antiquated Customs and Excise Department we used to know. In other words, professionalism is enhanced and encouraged under the present regime,'' he said.

The controller solicited the support and cooperation of all stakeholders as he advised that importers and agents should keep Abreast of government’s policies relating to import guidelines.

He also urged that importers and agents should comply with the Customs and Excise Management Act (amended).

According to him, all those who comply with the order would have nothing to worry about while dealing with the customs.

He however, vowed to match seizures with suspects as a way of fighting smuggling.

He was confident that the strategy would ensure that perpetrators of smuggling activities are imprisoned when arrested and prosecuted.

The controller used the occasion to advise those considering going into smuggling to desist from attempting to do so.

He urged the officers and men of the command to support him in the course of duty to make the command succeed in managing its affairs.

He said that as much as they were concerned about managing goods transiting the border they should also pay attention to effective control of people.