Comptroller Uba takes over as new CAC of Seme Customs
.Tasks officers on teamwork, commitment, dedication to duty
By Udeme Clement
From left: Comptroller Uba taking over from Comptroller Aliyu:
Apparently, Seme Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is poised for greater development, as Comptroller Mohammed Uba, the out-going Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’, Ikeja, Lagos, officially took over the mantle of leadership, as the new CAC of the Command, yesterday.
Comptroller Uba who recorded outstanding performance in the level of seizures and anti-smuggling operations in the history of FOU zone ‘A’ formally took over from Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, who has equally performed exceptionally, in a brief ceremony conducted at Seme Command. Top Customs officers at Seme witnessed the signing of Handing/Taking over notes by both Comptrollers.
In his remarks, the out-going CAC of Seme Command, thanked the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC, Hameed Ali, for the opportunity given to him to serve and contribute his quota in the development of the nation. He promised to continue putting in more efforts at his new place of assignment, even as he equally prayed for the success of his successor.
He disclosed that his tenure witnessed unprecedented increase in revenue and seizures despite numerous challenges.
He gave a breakdown of his achievements as follows, “From the month of March 2017 to August 2018, we collected total revenue of over N8.4billion. We also made 1060 seizures with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N1billion in the period under review. The Command recorded seizures of over 39950x50kg bags of rice which is equivalent to 66 trailer trucks.
“Over 28,000 bags of rice were sent to IDP’s following the existing Federal Government policy. In addition to that, 37 exotic vehicles were also confiscated. Also seized were various medicaments and other perishable items, which were duly condemned and destroyed”.
He added, “We took some proactive steps to give Seme Command an international outlook. Critical among them was the reclaiming of Seme border Customs land that was over the years encroached on illegally by unscrupulous individuals without due process and approval. By sanitising the gate way corridor, we also reduced miscreants and touts called “Kelegbes” who infiltrated the border and hinders trade facilitation. We also blocked illegal passage by building a wall to the joint border post, to ensure border security”.
In his remarks, the new CAC, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, fondly called ‘The Action CAC’ by maritime stakeholders, expressed his gratitude, wishing him God’s guidance in his new place of work.
Comptroller Uba also reminded Customs officers the importance of discipline in the discharge of their duties. He stressed that officers must be ready to carry out their statutory duties effectively, and in line with the agenda of CGC Ali Hameed, to enhance revenue generation for government, trade facilitation in line with global best standard and anti-smuggling activities to protect the economic environment from influx of prohibited items.
According to Uba, “Teamwork, commitment and dedication to duty are essential in achieving success towards moving the Command to greater heights.”