By Ajibola Abayomi,
January 30, 2018.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) has conferred a prestigious service award on Tincan Island Port Command at this year’s International Customs Day (ICD).
This was contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Uche Ejesieme.
Making the presentation on behalf of the WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya to the Controller of Tincan Port, Bashar Yusuf, the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), said the ICD celebrated by Customs Administrations all over the world, provided an opportunity to X-ray, review and evaluate the role of Customs in Nation building as a revenue generating agency.
According to the CGC the Service generated 1.3 trillion into the Nations Coffers – did remarkably well in anti-smuggling operations through the spectacular seizures among others in 2017.
He stated that the International event was also an auspicious moment to recognize private and public organizations as well as officers and units that have demonstrated outstanding performance during the period under reference for awards by the WCO.
While receiving the award on behalf of the Command, the Comptroller Bashar Yusuf recalled with nostalgia the exploits of the command in the past two years.
Bashar said; “I assumed leadership of the command at a time its rating was at lowest ebb in terms of functionality in areas of Revenue and Seizures which forms the core mandate of the Command.
“I thank God Almighty for giving me the wherewithal to justify the confidence reposed in me by the CGC and his Management which is evidenced in this International Award. I therefore dedicate it to the Entire Tincan Team, comprising the officers/men, the CIU, Valuation, PCA, the Customs Brokers, critical Stakeholders and the Media for their tremendous support”
The Tincan Port in the last two years generated over five hundred and forty four billion, forty-nine million, six hundred and twenty- one thousand, five hundred and fifteen naira (N544,049,621,515) revenue through various far reaching reforms which he instituted.
Part of the reform agenda was the building of a ICT Training Centre as well as a fully equipped clinic which was officially commissioned by the CGC on the 11th of November 2017.