Compt Olomu steps on the saddle of Customs flagship Command without wavering

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Compt Olomu steps on the saddle of Customs flagship Command without wavering 
Sits atop the premier port

From right; Compt Olomu pledged allegiance to the service of his fatherland

He walked side-by-side his predecessor to the ultra-modern conference hall of Apapa, the flagship Customs Command with so much charisma ! Sat on the high table with a smile and pleasant facial expression!  looked at the large audience that came to welcome him with great admiration!  Signed the documents presented before him boldly without wavering ! Took over the flag, the mantle of leadership showing great strength, determination, a sense of purpose, and standing tall on his career path.

Comptroller Babatunde Olomu PhD fsi,the new Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Apapa Command, is the senior officer for the above description.

It happened during the handing over ceremony of Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service, on Monday, May 6, 2024. The hall was filled to capacity with Customs officers, maritime stakeholders, freight forwarders, sister agencies and media practitioners, when the new CAC, in person of Compt Olomu stepped in with the outgoing CAC, Compt Jide Jaiyeoba.

Their arrival received a standing ovation, as they were ushered to the high table. Our Correspondent observed closely his carriage, gesture, speech and mannerisms as Compt Olomu took over the leadership of Apapa Command. He appeared well prepared and ready to hit the ground running.

The new Area Controller  signed the documents presented before him without wavering 

Yes, the new helmsman on the saddle of Apapa Command appeared well grounded, showing so much proficiency on his first day in office.

Compt Olomu appeared well prepared and ready to hit the ground running

Our Correspondent gathered that Compt Olomu has served Customs diligently in various capacities at different formations. He served as the Comptroller of Special Project at Customs Headquarters in Abuja, he served in Enforcement Unit of Apapa Command, he equally served as CAC of Edo/Delta, among other units of the Service.  As such, coming to the flagship Command does not make him quiver because he has the expertise to deliver on his mandate.

This implies that Compt Olomu has the skills and dynamic potentiality to pilot the affairs of number one Command of Nigeria Customs Service. Certainly, he appeared unbeatable !

Compt Olomu, academically top-notch

Academically, he is top-notch. Compt Olomu holds a PhD in International Relations, from University of Abuja; Mphil in International Relations, from the prestigious University of Ibadan, a reputable institution in the country; a Master degree in Public Administration from University of Calabar; Msc in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Bsc in Political Science from Ondo State University; among others.

Compt Olomu received the symbol of authority with so much confidence and tenacity

To Compt Babatunde Olomu, taking over the leadership of Apapa Command is a statutory responsibility he must deliver to the best of his ability, to justify the confidence reposed on him by CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and the entire Customs management.

His exact words when taking over the mantle of leadership: “I see my task as CAC Apapa Command as a serious assignment from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR dsm psc (+), of which my only option is to deliver diligently not only in revenue collection, fight against smuggling, but in trade facilitation and sustainable stakeholders’ engagement.

From left, Compt Olomu commended his predecessor for handing over a well organised Command to him

“My assumption of this office is with a mind of confidence that we won’t betray the trust reposed in us by the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, the CGC and the entire management of the Nigeria Customs Service. This confidence is premised on the reality that I am taking over a very organised Command, where I intend to build on the successes of my predecessor.

“Let me state unequivocally that we shall implement all the provisions of Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, the Common External Tariff, import and export prohibition guidelines and other books of instruction as directed by the FGN.

“While promoting a robust customs community relations system where there will be regular interface with all government and private sector stakeholders, I shall upscale our enforcement with intelligence to ensure that only legitimate trade thrives in Apapa Port and all the terminals within the Command”.

He wenr on : “Our tolerance level for smuggling of prohibited items, concealment and declaration for duty evasion shall be zero and must remain so.

“Our country holds a strategic position for trade in West and Central Africa. Therefore. Apapa Port is critical in Nigeria’s participation in African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). We are reviving Nigeria’s readiness for improved trade with fellow African countries and the world at large.

“As you may be aware, the management of the service is committed to evolving a more modern customs with Apapa Port being a nucleus to implementation of  many trade facilitation reforms championed by the Comptroller-General of Customs.

“I want to urge our officers to brace up for the changes that will feature as fallouts of customs modernisation, otherwise called e-customs, AEO, and many other groundbreaking World Customs Organisation innovations, like the recently introduced advanced ruling policy.

“This will enable more gains of trading across borders in the global supply chain, in line with the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), the WCO Supply Chain Management Guidelines, and the various national best practices”.

He emphasised: “As a working principle, I hereby advise all our officers to treat all official matters with the speed they deserve, leaving no file unattended to, as such delays could mean slowing down government revenue inflow.

“I shall emplace a trade dispute resolution seat that will operate every day including weekends, to ensure that we make this Command a true front liner in global best practices in terms of customs operations for other customs formations to emulate.

“Being the customs Command handling the largest volume of trade in Nigeria, Apapa Command under my leadership won’t be complacent and will be open to continuous engagement with everyone. My doors are open for advice on how best to achieve our mandate because we are all here to add value and do better for Nigeria.”

Compt Olomu sits atop, Apapa Customs Command, the premier port, saying he has no option than to deliver 

 

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