This has yielded greater successes being recorded on daily basis without casualties.
Ogun 1 Command of Nigeria Customs Service presented scorecard in the last one month that I assumed office as Customs Area Controller of the Command on 18 October 2021, exactly one month and six days today.
Controller Dera Nnadi appreciate Comptroller General of Customs Col Ibrahim Hammed Ali Rtd and the management of the Service for considering me worthy of not only being promoted to the rank of Comptroller, but for being deployed as the Customs Area Controller of Ogun 1 Command.
The Ogun I Area Command, Customs Area Controller, Comptr Dera Nnadi during media briefing held on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Abeokuta, Ogun
The Comptr disclosed that the record of our activities in our core areas of revenue generation, anti-smuggling operation and stakeholder’s engagement especially in ensuring that we strike a balance between trade facilitation and application of control at a closed border since I assumed office as the Customs Area Controller from 18 October 2021 to 23 November, 2021.
Comptr Nnadi noted that for an effective anti-smuggling operation, the Command has just taken delivery of 10 units of brand-new Toyota Hilux vehicles. We thank the Comptroller General of Customs and the Management for their kind consideration in providing these vehicles to the Command, he added.
“It is a demonstration of Management support and encouragement to Ogun 1 Command. It is proof of Management commitment to quality service delivery to the nation. According to the controller, this gesture will no doubt enhance our operation and improve our performance part of which we will share with you as we progress.
The Comptr revealed that in the area of anti-smuggling operation during the period under review, the Command has been able to record some spectacular seizures of Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Eleven (7311) bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice. This an equivalence of 12 trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, he added.
The breakdown showed stood at 365, 550 kg or 365.55 metric tons of foreign parboiled rice.
He pointed out that the above emphasis is deliberate to show that this quantity of rice, if allowed into the Nigerian market will affect the federal government rice policy negatively.
Ogun I Area Command, CAC recall that a rice cooperative farm in Ogun State (specifically at Imeko Afon) with the active support of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Government and World Bank just last week harvested 2600 metric tons of paddy rice.
He cited that the major win for the Command as we celebrate these farmers who are testimonies and justification of the Service anti-smuggling effort in support of local rice productions in the country.
Several other seizures recorded in their various quantities during the same period include:
- Vegetable Oil: 12 Kegs Of 25 Liters Size That Is 300 Litres
- Used Vehicle (Means Of Conveyance): 20 Units
- Used Motorcycle (Means Of Conveyance): 2 Units
- Used Clothings: 4 Bales Of 25kg Each & Sacks
- Used Shoes: 26 Sacks
- Cannabis Sativa: 124 Sacks [Booksize] & 165 Wraps (Coconut Size) Weighing 637 Kg
- Used Tyres: 2 Bundles & 4 Pieces With Rims
- Pms: 831 Kegs Of 25 Litres Each [20,775 Litres In All]
- Frozen Poultry Products: 810 Cartons
- Used Toys: 4 Sacks.
The total cumulative duty paid value (DPV) for all the above seizures amounted to One Hundred and Seventy-Two Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Seven Naira and Zero Kobo (#172,999,387.00).
“The Command generated a total revenue of #2,437,050.00 during the period under review, which are mainly proceeds of auction sales of seized petroleum products (PMS) and scrap metals. It should be noted that Federal Government of Nigeria’s directive on border closure is still subsisting, hence, there is no revenue generated from imports activities, he added.
He noted that we are deploying massive intelligence and are also deploying rules of engagement in all our operations adding that we have extended our stakeholders engagement to include continuous interactions with critical stakeholders in the Command. To this end, Controller said, we have been engaging the youths who form the bulk of the human capacity asset in Ogun State particularly at the border areas.
He disclosed that we have also been engaging the elders of the communities who in all honesty have a good knowledge and understanding of the challenges of enforcing government policy in the border especially as the borders remain closed.
“We have also been engaging with royal fathers of the state and has appealed to them to warn their subjects to desist from smuggling and attacks on Customs personnel. We are also reaching out to the state governor who is the chief security officer of the state in this direction and the future looks mutually very rewarding for Nigeria Customs Service and the state.
“Subsequently, let me once more warn smugglers and criminal elements in the state that we shall definitely uncover every illegal act of theirs, make arrest and inflict gross financial injury on such ventures and their perpetuators.
He said it suffices to say that the continuous attacks on Customs and other security operatives in the state by these unpatriotic people will not deter us from sustaining the onslaught on their smuggling activities. We are determined more than ever before to carry out our anti- smuggling operations without let or hindrance he reiterated.
The Customs Area Controller, Nnadi appreciate critical stakeholders, members of the press, partner security agencies and traditional rulers/royal fathers for their continuous collaborative efforts and synergy with the Service while carrying out our statutory mandate in the state.