Nigeria Customs gaining global recognition through reforms, performance- ACG Ekekezie
.Lauds Apapa Command for outstanding records
.Says Comptroller Abubakar deserves integrity award
By Udeme Clement
“The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is gaining international recognition through on-going reforms and operational efficiency. The Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC, Ali Hameed must see this honour of integrity and will be proud to see the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Apapa Command, Comptroller Bashir Abubakar, his officer carrying out his vision of restructuring the Service for greater productivity.
“Today, Comptroller Abubakar has proven that a Customs officer can work tirelessly to promote national interest and economic growth without compromising his position. It takes integrity and discipline for an officer to reject N150million bribe like Abubakar did”.
These were the words of Assistant Comptroller-General, ACG KC Ekekezie, Nigeria Customs Service, Zone ‘A’ while presenting the ‘Integrity Award’ to Comptroller Abubakar at Apapa Command.
ACG Ekekezie, who is also known to be experienced officer of the Service, went on, “In 2017, CGC Ali gave us a standing order, saying we must break the revenue record. In fact, I was in Sokoto at that period in charge of trade, when the news came that we got our first N1 trillion revenue generation under CGC Ali”.
She enthused, “Comptroller Abubakar and other officers of the Service worked assiduously to achieve that target. I equally thank the media for keeping us in check through news reports. So, the integrity award bestowed on Abubakar today is an Honour well deserved for him and the Service”.
In his response, Comptroller Abubakar expressed his profound enthusiasm for the honour. He thanked CGC Ali for Customs reform that brings the Service to greater heights of recognition locally and globally.
He also thanked his officers at Apapa Command for their selfless service to the nation, stressing that the Honour is another wake up call for them to do more in trade facilitation, revenue generation and anti-smuggling operations”.
In his speech, the Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Media limited, Elder Asu Beks, who honoured the Apapa Customs CAC for his integrity, mentioned rejection of N150million bribe to clear the Tramdal containers, as outstanding integrity displayed by a government official.
Elder Asu Beks said, “We are here to honour a man who has proven that he is incorruptible, a role model for Nigeria Customs Service, an officer who believes a man cannot live by bread alone, a Customs officer who believes that a good name is more profound than a million loaves of bread. “