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New CAC Takes Over at Seme Border, Raps Officers, Stakeholders on Roles

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The new Customs Area Controller (CAC), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Command, Comptroller Victor David Dimka has taken the reins of administration from his predecessor, Deputy Comptroller (DC) Haruna Sabo.

The change of baton at Nigeria’s premier border post, which is the gateway to the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana and other West African countries by land was sequel to the recent redeployment of CACs and Assistant Comptrollers General of Customs (ACGs) by the Customs High.

The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Colonel Hammed Ali (retired) had at NCS Headquarters, Abuja enjoined men and officers to live up to expectations in line with the statutory roles and responsibilities of the service.

While receiving the handover notes from Sabo, Dimka who was hitherto the CAC, NCS, Zone C, Owerri, Imo State charged stakeholders on the need to always do the right thing and co-operate with the service in the discharge of its core functions.

Dimka specifically charged importers, exporters as well as clearing agents operating at the border to play according to the rules of the game by ensuring that that they adhere strictly to the laws of the land on imports and exports.

He also tasked men and officers of the command on the need for them to discharge their duties professionally.

According to Dimka, men and officers in Seme Command must perform above average in terms of revenue collection, anti-smuggling drive, legitimate trade facilitation and the security of the nation through the effective manning of the international border.

He urged all officers to imbibe the culture of transparency and professionalism while discharging their responsibilities, even as he warned that any negative conduct observed among officers along the international border will not be tolerated.

He argued that for more revenue to be generated, smuggling must be fought to a standstill.

“It is a duty I have come to accomplish and urge all officers to brace up to the challenge to perform their duty, despite the constraints of marshy creeks that may not be accessible to vehicular surveillance”, he declared.

Underscoring the importance of his new assignment, the CAC told an informal group of licensed customs agents who paid him a visit that he still needed time to study what is contained in the handover note, even as he assured his guests that Seme border command is a familiar terrain to him.

The CAC enjoined officers and stakeholders to realise that the challenge of dwindling revenue from crude oil sales has made it imperative for maximum revenue to be collected by NCS.

His words: “We have to shape up to collect maximum revenue and suppress smuggling to the barest minimum”.

According to him, the fight against smuggling of poultry products is still on-going and will be sustained in the months ahead. All hand must be on deck to summon the challenges of manning a peculiar international border like Seme border, which is characterised by heavy vehicular and human traffic.

“We will not bring down any importer as long as you have it at the back of your mind that the revenue that must be collected must be collected. We will not need anything from any importer or agent, but people must begin to comply with the rules governing importation and exportation”, he said.

Article Credit: ThisDay

Updated 3 Years ago

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