*As Commands, top officers applaud ACG Aremu on competence
- She reveals plan by CGC Ali to build world class hospital for officers
(Report by Udeme Clement)
Apparently, the New Zonal Coordinator of Nigeria Customs Service, Zone ‘A’, ACG Modupe Aremu, has made the Customs boss, CGC Hameed Ali and the entire Service management proud with the impressive manner she commenced her official duties in the Zone.
ACG Aremu (Mrs), who took over the leadership of Zone ‘A’ just recently, began her working tour on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Yesterday, Thursday, September 9, 2021 was the second day of her tour, as she disclosed plans by the Customs management to build a world class hospital for officers.
So far, the AGG has done two days tour. Most outstanding is the fact that within the two days,
she has already visited six Commands, as well as Training College and various operational units under such Commands, even up to APMT terminal at the seaport.
The assiduousness and high level of competence with which she is carrying out her working tour have attracted commendations from the leadership of various Commands, senior officers in her entourage and Journalists who monitored the exercise.
For instance, the tour yesterday centered on Apapa axis throughout. Not even the chaotic traffic gridlock within Apapa could prevent the ACG and her team from carrying out their official assignment successfully. The first point of call was the premier port, Apapa, where Compt Yusuf Malanta and his officers were on ground to welcome ACG Aremu.
That was not all.
The Zonal Coordinator addressed officers of Apapa Command, went round the Command, up to APMT terminal, where she inspected the spectacular seizure of a container intercepted with dangerous drugs concealed in Machine components, just few days ago by Apapa Customs in collaboration with NDLEA and DSS.
In her brief remarks, the ACG expressed great pleasure on the performance of Apapa Command, especially on the latest seizure and unprecedented revenue collection of N87.8 billion in August 2021, alone.
ACG Aremu also applauded Compt Malanta on seizures of N28.3 billion made by his team. She attributed the latest seizure of drugs in Machine parts to timely use of credible intelligence.
More so, the ACG moved from the premier port to TinCan Island port Command, amid heavy traffic.
At TinCan Command, our Correspondent observed that officers turned out in large number to welcome the Zonal Coordinator, as the conference room was filled to capacity.
In his welcome address, the CAC, Compt Abdullahi Musa, declared a huge revenue collection of over N320.9billion from January to September, 2021, with 28.63 percent increase, when compared to N248.8billion, realised the same period in 2020.
In her speech, ACG Aremu commended TinCan Command on operational efficiency. She assured the officers that the Command will soon get a scanner and other work tools to fast track their operations. She commended the Command on seizure of 40ft container with 150,600.000 bottles of Barcadine brand of codeine and other unregistered drugs.
Accordingly, Mrs Aremu and her team moved from TinCan Island Port to PTML Command, where the Area Controller, Compt F. Okun, disclosed a whopping sum of N21 billion, as revenue realised in August 2021.
The Zonal Coordinator in her words described PTML, as one-stop-shop Command, where importers can clear their containers in maximum of six hours, if all documentations are correctly done.
She scored PTML Command high on ease of doing business, stressing that the Command is highly rated in the whole country on trade facilitation.
Our Correspendent observed that the
tour yesterday was extraordinary.
It was tasking and very exhaustive, but ACG Aremu handled the assignment excellently, even as she remain focused throughout the visit. She was discerning and unassuming.
The exercise was well coordinated, as the Zonal Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSC N. Nwala, was seen working side-by-side the ACG with files on her hands, following the itinerary of her boss diligently.
The exercise, which started in the morning, ended by 6.30pm.
For the records. :
places visited by ACG Aremu in two days included Training College; construction site for accommodation at Ikeja; Customs food Canteen; medical centre; Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’, government warehouse at Ikeja; International Airport Command; free trade zone; Murtala Muhammed Airport Command (MMAC); DHL office at MMAC; Apapa Area Command; APMT terminal at the seaport; TinCan Island Port Command and PTML formation.