- Newly decorated Public Relations Officer, FOU ‘C’, CSC Jerry Attah
By Anthony Nwachukwu
Forty-six promoted officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), including three from Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC) to Assistant Comptroller (AC), were decorated at the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’ Wednesday.
Five officers were also promoted from Superintendent of Customs (SC) to Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC), including the zone’s Public Relations Officer, Jerry Attah, and three were promoted from Deputy Superintendent of Customs (DSC) to SC.
The others were two officers promoted from Assistant Superintendent of Customs I (ASC I) to DSC, six from ASC II to ASC I, 17 from IC to ASC II, eight from Assistant Inspector of Customs (AIC) to IC, and one person from Customs Area I (CA I) to AIC.
This is as the Area Controller, Compt. Kayode Kolade, announced that the zone recorded seizures with approximate Duty Paid Value of N5.352 billion in the 2023 fiscal year.
Compt. Kolade, while decorating the officers, described the seizures as a result of hardwork, resilience, dedication to duty and the commitment of his men and officers, according to a statement from the Public Relations Officer, CSC Jerry Attah.
The seized items, he said, included pangolin scales, foreign parboiled rice, cannabis sativa (Indian hemp), fake pharmaceutical products, tramadol, used vehicles, used tyres, used clothing and raw materials for explosives, among others.
He disclosed that as a result of his officers checkmating the activities of fraudulent agents at the seaports, lost revenue amounting approximately to N152.50 million was recovered.
The comptroller charged the promoted officers to live above board and continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by the service, just as he thanked the Comptroller-General, Bashir Adeniyi, for his continued support and fatherly disposition, which resulted in the promotion 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,” Compt. Kolade stated.
“New rank comes with new and more responsibilities 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 N5.7 trillion set by the service, and I believe we can do it.”