ACG tasks customs officers on commitment to national interest, revenue collection

ACG Zone 'A', Eporwei Edike(in front) and the CAC Apapa Area Command, Willy Egbudin, in warm greetings with officers of the command during Edike's tour of some commands 

Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service Lilypond Command, Apapa Area 1 Command and the Post Clearance Audit Unit have been advised to ensure protection of national security and national revenue as they carry out their duties.

The Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs(ACG), Zone ‘A’ Mr Eporwei Edike, gave the charge during a tour of the commands on Monday.

“Have in mind national security and national revenue as you examine containers because you can never tell what anybody may do to threaten national security, so, please examine containers properly,” Edike told the officers.

At the Lilypond Command, where officers complained of low-level of activities due to non-stemming of containers there, the ACG urged the officers to be creative on their jobs and make the best out of it, however little it was.

“Be ingenious at your work. Work on what you have and be faithful in it, so you can handle bigger jobs when you are given.

“Do what you have properly, because every kobo is important in collecting revenue for government. So, do not relax because there are no containers daily,” the ACG said.

The ACG, however, promised to help in improving the level of economic activities at the command if he had the opportunity to do like he used to when he served as the Apapa Area Controller.

Responding, Controller of the Command, Mr Dalhatu M.A., thanked the ACG for visiting to know how they fared and encourage them on the job.

He said that in spite of the challenges, officers in the command were still committed to their work, knowing the important role they played in collection of revenue for the government.  

The controller also requested that the ACG helped in encouraging the stemming of containers to the command.

The ACG urged officers at the Apapa Area Command to brace up for bigger task this year even when it was considered to have performed well in 2015.

He advised the officers to always uphold personal and collective integrity, while they work to collect revenue for the government.

Controller of the Command, Mr Willy Egbudin assured the ACG of the commitment to doing the best on the job as is required.

At the Post Clearance Audit Unit, headed by Comptroller Bashir Abubakar, the ACG also tasked the officers on optimal performance.

He expressed confidence that the unit was capable of working to boost the revenue to be collected for the government.