Onne Area 11 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has decorated 104 newly-promoted officers and charged them on ethics and improved trade facilitation.
Comptroller of the command, Baba Imam, gave the charge during the ceremony on Thursday at the command’s headquarters in Onne, Rivers.
Imam urged the newly promoted officers to rise to the occasion by upholding the agency’s mandates to be able to confront possible challenges in the line of duties on their new assignments.
“I urge you to firstly be guided by already existing principles in the conduct of your new responsibilities, this is to enable you successfully achieve needed results.
“You must be role models of integrity, ensuring that every principle guiding the agency is strictly upheld.
“Ensuring courtesy without loss of dignity, clear questioning of goods, careful examination amongst others, are key rules of the agency that must be upheld at all times.
“You must always ensure that given any assignments, trade facilitation is a mandatory requirement of the agency.
“Hence, you must ensure that all bureaucratic bottlenecks associated with clearance procedures are always eliminated,” the comptroller said.
He also charged decorated officers to demonstrate more commitment to service, adding that more synergy with sister agencies, stakeholders and the public should be given utmost priority.
Imam, however, advised officers who were not successful during the last promotion to seek solace in God, and put in more efforts, to enable them to succeed in the next batch.
The decorated officers include four deputy comptrollers promoted to the rank of comptrollers.
Others are two assistant comptrollers to deputies, while 24 chief superintendents got promoted to the rank of assistant comptrollers.
Highlights of the event were remarks by invited heads of military/paramilitary organisations.