January 29, 2023

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ACG Aremu commissions state-of-the-art Customs auditorium in Apapa  

ACG Aremu commissions state-of-the-art Customs auditorium in Apapa  

……Commends Comptroller Malanta over N1trn revenue generation in 2022

The Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs (ACG) Modupe Aremu, on Wednesday commissioned a state-of-the-art auditorium at the Apapa Area Command.

The new facility, named after the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, is in furtherance of the command’s commitment in strengthening stakeholders’ engagement, promoting trade facilitation and creating a conducive work environment with a view to enhance officers’ productivity.

Speaking at the commissioning of the facility, ACG Aremu commended the Controller of the Command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta for transforming and giving the command a facelift through the support and buy-in of stakeholders.

ACG Aremu commissions state-of-the-art Customs auditorium in Apapa  

Aremu who described the ultra-modern auditorium as first of its kind in the various commands within the Zone enjoined other Comptrollers to emulate Comptroller Malanta and leave indelible mark and positive changes in their various commands.

She said, “Comptroller Malanta Yusuf has thought out of the box and was able to get the stakeholders support and buy-in for this wonderful project. We were here with the Comptroller General some weeks ago and he was so impressed with what Comptroller Yusuf has been able to do in Apapa. His name will be written in the annals of the history of Apapa Command for this beautiful project.”

ACG Aremu also commended the Area Controllers in the Zone for their performance in revenue collection in 2022 noting that they contribute over 80 percent of the total annual revenue target of the Service.

According to her, the Apapa Area Command alone collected N1trillion of the total N3.1 trillion target for last year.

“We have a revenue target of N3.1tillion in the Zone and Apapa alone gave us N1trillion. Zone ‘A’ is responsible for collecting 80 to 82 percent of the revenue. So, Controllers in Zone ‘A’, well done. You have done well. But like Oliiver twist, the stakes are being raised high and we will keep asking and pushing for more revenue,” she said.

ACG Aremu commissions state-of-the-art Customs auditorium in Apapa 
The auditorium

ACG Aremu also used the occasion to charge the newly promoted officers to redouble their effort and discharge their duties assiduously noting that their promotion was based on merit.

“Your promotion was as a result of your hard work not because of any connection. We had about 120 Controllers in which only 62 made it. So, I want you to extend the work you did for your exams to your areas of deployment,” she urged the officers,” she said.

Earlier in his address, Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta, expressed his appreciation to the stakeholders in the command for their support and goodwill towards achieving the project.

He said the facility would boost officers’ morale to deploy their best in the discharge of their duties.

“The CGC auditorium is an initiative of the stakeholders who believe that we should have a conducive atmosphere when we have our stakeholder’s engagement. It will be enjoyed by both the officers and the stakeholders within the zone.

“One of the most important things is to give officers a befitting working environment that will make them proud to deploy their best in the conduct of their work. With that, their morale has been boosted and they can comfortably bring and show their children where they work.

“We appreciate the support of Flourmills of Nigeria, Dangote Group, Bua Group, APM Terminals and Eko Support Services and others who willingly choose to support us in this project,” he said.

Malanta also commended the Customs management for their support and reaffirmed the command’s commitment to facilitate trade and create a conducive work environment for officers and stakeholders within the Zone.