The Acting Assistant Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Yusuf Malanta has handed over the baton of the Apapa Command to Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, following his recent promotion to the board of (NCS).
Speaking at the hand-over ceremony which held in Apapa on Friday, the out-going Area Controller, Malanta urged the officers at the Command to support his successor with the same level of support he received while at the Command.
Malanta, while praising his successor, described the new Comptroller Mohammed as an exemplary Customs officer nick-named ‘Due Diligence’ for his top-notch professionalism in Customs processes.
He stated that his tenure as Area Controller was an enjoyable one with robust support from his officers, port stakeholders and other sister agencies, Malanta prayed that his successor would have similar testimonies to share about the Command during his tenure.
According to him, “Apapa is my home and will always remain my home. I have friends among the officers and stakeholders, especially the press. I have known some of these friends for more than 15 years. I appreciate the intelligence reports and guidance that you availed me over the years and I want you to give it to my successor,” Malanta said.
On his part, the newly-appointed Area Controller, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed stated that his first assignment will be to sustain the revenue drive and other laudable activities at the Command.
He said: “My first assignment will be to make sure that I sustain the tempo at the Command and strive to introduce due process. This due process means we have to do our work dutifully and with regard for professionalism.”
While acknowledging that, replacing Comptroller Malanta at Apapa is a huge feat, he posited that he is prepared for the huge onus of leading the nation’s busiest port.
“I’m appealing to you not to relent on your efforts and I’m also appealing to you to grant me the same support you granted my predecessor and the sky will not be our limit, but our starting point,” he remarked.
The new Area Controller also encouraged port users to stick to proper declaration in order to ensure trade facilitation at the Command.
The awards were also extended to excellent officers of other sister agencies as officials from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) got awards.
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