News Investigators/ The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit FOU, Zone “C” Owerri,
has announced seizures worth N5.3 billion in total Duty Paid Value (DPV) in its 2023 fiscal year, even as decorated 46 newly promoted officers in the zone.
NSC also said that as a result of the interventions of his officers in checkmating the activities of fraudulent agents at the seaports, revenues hitherto lost have been recovered to the tune of N152,492,214.00 only, charging the promoted officers to live above board and continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by the Service.
The Customs, in a press statement by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, Jerry Attah, Wednesday, listed some of the seized items as pangolin scales, foreign parboiled rice, cannabis sativa (AKA Indian hemp), fake pharmaceutical products, tramadol, used vehicles, used tyres, used clothing and explosive raw materials among others.
The breakdown of the promotion shows that three officers were promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC) to the rank of Assistant Comptroller (AC); five officers from Superintendent of Customs (SC) to Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC) and three officers from the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Customs (DSC) to SC.
Also, two officers from Assistant Superintendent of Customs I (ASC I) to DSC; six from ASCII to ASC I; 17 from IC to ASCII ; eight 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 promoted from Superintendent of Customs (SC) to Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC).
The Zone “C” Comptroller, Kayode Kolade, while decorating the promoted officers, on Wednesday, described the seizures as a result of hard-work, resilience, dedication to duty and commitment of his men and officers.
While thanking the Comptroller-General, Wale Adeniyi for his continued support and fatherly disposition which he attributed to the promotion of officers and eased up the activities of officers.
“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate the Comptroller-General of Customs, Wale Adeniyi 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” Kolade noted.
Adding that the recent promotion would bring changes in the roster and that officers and men of the Service must justify their relevance on duty assignments.
He therefore stressed the need for improved performance this year to meet the target of N5.7 trillion set by the Service. “And I believe we can do it,” he said.