Compt Baba Imam hands over leadership of Onne Customs in colourful transition

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Compt Baba Imam hands over leadership of Onne Customs in colourful transition
…As Compt Babandede emerges new Area Controller

Photographs taken during the transition exercise

It was a colourful transition and moment of encomiums in Area 2, Onne Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, on Friday April 19, 2024, as the Command held a special Parade in honour of the Out-going Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Baba Imam and the In-coming Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Babandede.

The programme had in attendance to witness the parade, various Commanders, Heads of Security Agencies and Stakeholders working in the Port Environment.

Comptroller Baba Imam in his welfare address, appreciated God for his mercy and love, he also appreciated the Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi mfr dsm fnipr psc (+), for the opportunity given to him to serve as the Customs Area Controller of the Command.

He extended same appreciation to all Security Agencies and Stakeholders. He attributed the successes recorded in the Command to improved synergy, intelligence sharing and cooperation he enjoyed while working with them.

Speaking further, the CAC stated that in revenue, the Command set an unprecedented record in the history of the Command and Service by generating in a single day, over N22billion.

He also said that in the first three months of year 2024, the Command generated over N162billion, which is more than the revenue generated from January to July (Seven months) in 2023.

Comptroller Imam emphasised that Officers and Men of the Command had been trained to bring attitudinal change to enhance trade facilitation in the Command.

He recounted the achievements made during his 15 months stay as the Area Controller to include construction of 110 seating capacity Conference Room with modern facilities, creation of a Computer training centre with 50 computers to enhance capacity building related workshops and training in the Command.

He said both facilities are open for use by Customs Officers and Stakeholders, who need them. He continued that Officers could not have made significant impact in trade facilitation if their homes were in disarray, hence he appreciated his wife who was the Chairperson, Customs Officers Wives Association, Onne Chapter and said, in order to appreciate COWA for all they do, the Command was able to establish a COWA Office within the Customs House, refurbished a canteen in the Office and two additional canteens in the Customs Barracks.

Finally, the Command established two saloons in the barracks, for male and female from which the proceed goes to the Association.

The In-coming Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Babandede promised to sustain the cordial relationship already established in the Command with a view to improving the synergy.

He promised to operate an open door policy. He said; “I will operate an open door policy just like the Out-going Area Controller. I employ all Officers and Men in the Command to give me their support as they continue their good work. This will help improve on the successes recorded with the aim to enhance revenue generation, value addition and suppression of smuggling”.

Speaking on behalf of all the Security Agencies within the Port Environment, the Commandant Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Commodore GJ Kashim said the Out-going Controller has instilled and improved synergy among the Security agencies, which he commended and prayed for more successes for him in his next duty post.

He also employed the In-coming Controller to maintain the cordial relationship already established by his predecessor.

On behalf of the Container Terminals situated within the Port, the Managing Director, Onne Multipurpose Terminal, Mr Jim Steward said Comptroller Imam has made Container Terminal activities seamless with his intervention in reducing the bottlenecks they experienced in Cargo clearing process.

Adding to the goodwill messages, the Managing Directors of Bonded terminals operating within Area 2 Command delegated Mr Kingsley Offor, to speak on their behalf. Mr Offor commended the Out-going Controller on trade facilitation, which he stressed that Comptroller Imam made a conducive working environment for Bonded terminal operators. He prayed for successes and God’s favour towards him.

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