The new Area Controller at the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Yussuf Malanta has warned that he is no friend of non-compliance traders.
Yussuf gave this warning on Wednesday during the hand-over ceremony as he took over from Abba Kura who has been promoted to Assistant Comptroller-General (ACG) at the Customs headquarters in Abuja.
The new CAC promised to grow the compliance level of port stakeholders to Customs processes and procedures at the Apapa Command.
He said "stakeholders and agents should be compliant with extant guides and regulations and why I am friends to some of this stakeholders is because, I impose compliance to them and I make sure that they comply
"There are many techniques to ensure compliance, you can impose compliance and you can also inform compliance, in any way the most important thing is to achieve the target.
"So the non-compliance agents and importers should embrace compliance because being compliant gives you rest of mind, but non-compliance traders will always have sleepless night and lack of rest of mind and at the end you may end up not achieving your criminal objectives.
"Let the non-compliance ones make sure they stay away from being non-compliance, for me I am not a friend to non-compliance traders and I will ensure and make sure I make non- compliance trader a compliance one by all means" he said
Yussuf also promised to improve on feat the former CAC has achieved through the strategies he will adopt
"Every leader has his own strategy he (Abba Kura) has made his strategy to achieve to this level and I am sure by the grace of God, I am going to improve on what he had done through the strategy I am going to adopt.
"I am a system man and I am sure by the grace of God, I will look at the loop holes the lacuna's that can cause revenue leakages" he said.,
Speaking on the state of the scanners, the new CAC informed that scanners will be deployed to various commands before the second quarter of this year which will help forestall revenue leakages among other things
"The CGC is doing his best and I am sure before second quarter of this year, the scanners are going to be deployed before even the kick off of the e- Customs projects, so for the issues of scanners very soon it's going to be history because it would soon be deployed"
Meanwhile, the outgoing Controller, Abba Kura admonished officers of the Command as well as the media to give the new Area Controller their support in a bid to take the Command to new heights.
Abba Kura also had kind words for CAC Yussuf Malanta describing the new Controller as a refined Customs officer who was set to make giant strides in the service
Recall that the new ACG, while serving as Controller of Apapa, made unprecedented revenue generation of over N55 billion monthly.
Under his watch, the Apapa Area Command generated N518.1 billion in 2020 – significant increase by N94.4 billion or 22.3 per cent – from the N423.6 billion collected in 2019.
He recently announced seizures of pangolin and other endangered species meant for export, worth N952 million because they were in contravention of export prohibition guidelines.
He said that the items were contained in a one-unit 20-feet container with number CSLU 2362640 heading to Haiphong, Vietnam.