Historic milestone, as Hammi Swomen emerges ACG Zone ‘A’ Customs, assumes office in Lagos

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Historic milestone, as Hammi Swomen emerges ACG Zone ‘A’ Customs, assumes office in Lagos

ACG Swomen, the officer who saved Nigerians from the killer water

…ACG Swomen and Compt Tilley-Gyado, the common parallels

You can call him, the game changer, or a trail blazer, but in reality, the emergence of Hammi Swomen, as the ACG in charge of Customs in Zone A, is a historic milestone, especially taking into cognisance his track records, remarkable performance at various Commands and excellent footpath.

ACG Swomen has made giant strides on trade facilitation, revenue collection for the Federal Government and anti-smuggling duties, especially when he took over the mantle of leadership as the Customs Area Controller of Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command; but the seizure of the killer water remains unforgettable on the minds of numerous stakeholders, including our Correspondent, who witnessed first hand the swift intervention and selflessness by Hammi Swomen and his team to save the Nigerian nation and innocent citizens.

With his efficiency and resilience in handling statutory responsibilities, he has become a cynosure in public Service.

At present, the deployment of Hammi Swomen as the new ACG Zone A, by CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, as he rejigged his management team recently is strategic, strictly on merit of performance and administrative expertise. This also portrays CGC Adeniyi as a competent leader with great insight.

From left, ACG Hammi Swomen and Compt Tilley-Gyado, the common parallels. Officers of like minds

ACG Swomen and Comptroller Tilley-Gyado, the common parallels:
The common parallels between ACG Swomen and Compt Tilley-Gyado are hard work, unity of purpose and dedication to duties. You can call them officers of like minds. Madam Tilley-Gyado was in Swomen’s team when he was Area Controller of KLT. She contributed tremendously to the feats recorded by that team. Today, Tilley-Gyado is the Area Controller of KLT, the same Command she worked assiduously to build, while her former boss, Hammi Swomen, promoted to the rank of ACG has assumed duties in Zone ‘A’ as the new ACG. In the case of ACG Swomen and Compt Tilley-Gyado,
what goes round, comes around in team work and integrity in Customs Service !

Madam Tilley-Gyado now the Area Controller of KLT Command

Memory Lane :  Our Correspondent went memory lane to recall this Special Report, she wrote about AGC Swomen, over a year ago, when he was elevated from Comptroller of Customs to the rank of ACG in charge of Excise, Free Trade Zone and industrial incentives. Please read along :
Calmed but shrewd !
Soft-spoken but very intelligent !
Unassuming but uncompromising !
A team player but a real disciplinarian! ACG Hammi Swomen, a Lawyer by background, has served Nigeria Customs Service loyally in various capacities, but his assignment in Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) was a great milestone that went down the history of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.

Swomen, came, saw and conquered, leaving behind an excellent footprint. He was posted to KLT Command as the Customs Area Controller (CAC), with the rank of a Customs Comptroller. Interestingly, he moved from KLT to Customs Headquarters as Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, ACG. What a remarkable achievement, realised by dint of hard work and resilience !

Hammi Swomen is the Customs officer who proactively changed the narrative of Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) Command to a success story in revenue collection, trade facilitation and anti-smuggling operations. It was to his credit that the revenue profile of KLT Command went on geometrical progression reaching N44.4billion in 2022 fiscal year.

Hammi Swomen, when he was the Customs Area Controller of KLT Command

Hammi Swomen, the gentleman officer, mounted the saddle of leadership in December 2020, at KLT Command with a mandate to plug revenue leakages, enforce extant Import/Export Regulations and facilitate trade.

KLT Command under the watch of Swomen was two years of uncommon transformation and exemplary leadership acumen. Swomen is the same officer who saved Nigerians from the death trap of the killer-water. “Even the sky has felt his selfless service to his father-land”.

The unforgettable moments at KLT Command under Swomen, as presented below :

The killer water seized by Swomen and his team

Seizure of contaminated water :
Recall that in April, 2021, Swomen and his gallant officers seized the killer-water. They swiftly intercepted 16,920 bottles of expired water, fully loaded in 40ft container, thereby saving the lives of many innocent Nigerians, who would have consumed that contaminated water. The contaminated water had a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N5,493,033 million, (approximately N5.5million)

Also, Swomen through intelligence seized prohibited drugs fully loaded in two 40FT containers, illegally imported into the country from India without approval from the appropriate Agency, worth N212.8million.

Prohibited items seized by Swomen and his gallant officers

The importer of the deadly cargo concealed the restricted drugs with manual blenders, in a deliberate attempt to escape security checks at the seaport; but Swomen with his eagle-eye and credible intelligence uncovered the deadly cargo.

With that massive seizure, Swomen and his team again saved the Nigerian nation from bad effects of dangerous drugs, which would have constituted serious health hazards to Nigerians, especially the youths who are most vulnerable to illicit drugs.

The words of Swomen while unveiling the seized drugs. He frowned;  “As you can see, these are restricted drugs in two 40FT containers. The manifest shows HOT POT (INSULATED PLASTIC) but during examination, we found the following; 2,493 cartons of cough syrup with codeine (100ml); 383 cartons of Barcadin with Codeine (100ml); 49 cartons of Hyegra (Viagra 220mg); 99 cartons of Delux chilly cutter (manual blenders).

“The drugs were imported from India without NAFDAC approval number.
The drugs are labelled “For Export only”, which shows that these drugs are not even good for consumption in their own Country, yet such drugs are illegally imported to Nigeria. You can see the level of economic sabotage by some importers.

“Codeine is prohibited for import, sales and consumption in Nigeria. You can see the quantities of restricted drugs brought illegally into Nigeria. These are what they use in destroying our youths”.

Seizure of 24 containers of
charcoal :  Swomen’s team also thwarted activities of illicit traders with seizure of 24 containers of charcoal, valued at N218.7million, meant for export. These are just few out of numerous seizures made by Swomen.

Remarkable performance in revenue collection :
The Command generated N32.7 billion from January to November 2021 as Customs duty and other charges, surpassed N19.7 billion  collected during the same period in 2020.

The N32.7 billion revenue represents 65.6 percent increase on the Command’s total collection for the previous year – 2020. By the month of August 2021, the Command had already exceeded the total revenue collection from January to November of 2020.

For the first time in the history of KLT Command, it collected N4.3 billion in one month (July) 2021, more than 200 percent increase in revenue compared to July 2020 when it generated N1.6 billion. Within that same period under review, KLT Command also made seizures of vegetable oil (3×40 ft); used tyres (1×40 ft); expired bottled water (1×40 ft) and 24×40ft containers of charcoal, making a total of 29 containers with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N218.7 million.

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