Excitement as Customs FOU Zone ‘C’ decorates 49 officers … Records over N5bn seizures

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Excitement as Customs FOU Zone ‘C’ decorates 49 officers

… Records over N5bn seizures

It was a moment of excitement yesterday, as Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘C’, Owerri, decorated 46 promoted officers in the zone.

The Unit also recorded seizures worth N5,351,826,390.00 (approximately N5.4billion) in total Duty Paid Value, in 2023 fiscal year.

More so, three officers were promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC) to Assistant Comptroller (AC); five (5) from Superintendent of Customs (SC) to Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC) and three (3) from the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Customs (DSC) to SC.

Also, two (2) officers from Assistant Superintendent of Customs I (ASC I) to DSC; six (6) from ASC II to ASC I; seventeen (17) from IC to ASC II ; eight (8) from Assistant Inspector of Customs (AIC) to IC and one person from Customs Area I (CA I) to AIC.

Among those promoted were the Zone’s Public Relations Officer, Jerry ATTAH, who was elevated from Superintendent of Customs (SC) to Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC).

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Zone ‘C’, Comptroller, Kayode Kolade, while decorating the promoted officers, described the seizures as a result of hard-work, resilience, dedication to duty and commitment of his men and officers.

Some of the items seized, he said, were pangolin scales, foreign parboiled rice, cannabis sativa (Indian hemp), fake pharmaceutical products, tramadol, used vehicles, used tyres, used clothing and explosive raw materials among others.

The CAC also said that as a result of the interventions of his officers in checkmating the activities of fraudulent agents at the seaports, lots of revenues, hitherto lost, had been recovered to the tune of N152.5million.

He charged the promoted officers to live above board and continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by the Service.

He also thanked the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Wale Adeniyi MFR dsm fnipr psc (+) , for his support and fatherly disposition, which resulted in the promotion of officers and eased up the activities of officers.

Photographs taken during the decoration exercise

He said : “ Let me use this opportunity to appreciate the Comptroller-General of Customs, Wale Adeniyi MFR and his management team through the Board of the NCS for this privilege and promise our determination and zeal to perform even more, as we wear our new ranks.

“New rank comes with new and more responsibility and we must deliver on our mandate.

“One thing that is constant in life is change. Due to the recent promotion, there will be changes in our roster and we must justify our relevance in duty assignments. We need to improve our performance this year to meet the target of N5.7trillion set by the Service and I believe we can do it “.

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