Recruitment :  Customs Boss talks tough, warns officers against misuse of firearms

The Customs Boss at the special occasion :

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Recruitment :  Customs Boss talks tough, warns officers against misuse of firearms

Stiffer sanction awaits any officer who fails to respect the rights of citizens – CGC warns

The Customs Boss, CGC Adeniyi speaking at the special occasion :

In a bid to curtail indiscriminate use of firearms by officers newly recruited into the Service, the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has charged the officers to imbibe the culture of handling their firearms properly, as they wrap up their regimental training.

The CGC made this call on Thursday, September 21, 2023, during the Passing Out Parade (POP) for 956 General Duty Junior Personnel, who completed their Basic Course 1/2023 at Customs Training College, Goron Dutse, Kano.

The CGC, who congratulated the new officers on their POP, urged them to be good ambassadors of the Service, by way of protecting its integrity and reputation while discharging their constitutional duties.

He charged them to ensure a sense of professionalism in handling weapons and eschew misuse of firearms while also improving their human relations. He added; “the era of filing rampant cases of shooting of innocent Nigerians has passed. Treat everyone with absolute respect and fairness.”

The CGC assured Nigerians that the Service will not relent in taking stiffer action against any officer, who fails to respect the rights of the citizens, saying; “you are expected to serve your nation with diligence. Be presentable in appearance, while also maintaining the highest level of integrity at all times.

“Upholding these values is not just a duty but also a necessity. Therefore, always be smart in appearance, for it reflects the pride you take in your role as Customs officers. Be the embodiment of excellence and service in every aspect of your conduct.”

He went on; “The Service has strong expectations of you to contribute in revenue generation and the fight against smuggling, while also practising what you learned to counter their illegal businesses.”

The CGC, who was pleased with the display of tactical approaches by the recruits, clearly told them; “It is upon your shoulders that the responsibility of meeting the aspirations of our great nation rests. I want you to be mindful that your recruitment into the Nigeria Customs Service was merit-based.

“In the course of your careers, you will be exposed to further training in various areas, including regimentation and weapon handling. I emphasize the need to study the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) diligently and take them seriously. These SOPs are your guide to ensuring effective Customs operations.”

Speaking on how the Service has gone far in using advanced technology in carrying out its duties, the CGC informed; “We are living in extraordinary times where technology plays a pivotal role in Customs operations. As you join the Customs Service at this juncture, your role in this digital era is crucial.”

The CGC, who later granted interviews to journalists, called on Nigerians to support the investment policies that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu implements, expressing hope that it will end economic sabotage and smuggling in the country.

His words : “When you look at some of the policies, in terms of making businesses thrive and bringing in investors, so when you have investors, and we have these efforts to rebuild our economy, then there would be no room for smugglers or those who want to sabotage us.”

The Customs Boss maintained that the fight against smugglers and their nefarious activities remains the business of all patriotic Nigerians, adding that he has been visiting border communities across the country with a view to discussing with them on collaborative efforts to end smuggling in the country.

He, however, saluted the efforts of General Duty Officers on the parade, saying, “We had a very beautiful parade – which shows that they are well-trained. It shows their capacity to handle situations and physical endurance. It also demonstrates resilience.”

 

The Commandant; Compt Rasheed Adahunse, thanking CGC Adeniyi for his support in making the exercise a huge success

In his remarks, the Commandant of the Customs Training College, Comptroller Rasheed Adahunse, said, “These Junior Officers graduating today were found suitable in learning and character. It is pertinent to state that this Basic Course 1/2023 commenced on March 22, 2023. The skills displayed by the graduands were mastered within this short period along with academic activities.

“The training graduates covered topics on Enforcement, Revenue, Valuation, Export and Import Procedures, Passenger Selection, Parcel Post, Administration, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Civil Relations and other courses, to mention but a few. Examinations were conducted to ascertain their level of assimilation and were also graded.”

The Commandant, who described the regimentation of 2023 General Duty Staff as a success, also said; “to master the drills and excel in academic activities within six months is an excellent achievement on the part of committed and dedicated trainers, as well as the graduands.

“I would like to show my sincere gratitude to the CGC for creating time to attend this great occasion despite his tight schedules and for providing all the necessary approvals in good time, leading to the success of this exercise.”

The newly recruited officers :

 

 

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