By Innocent Orok
Three days into the total lockdown in some parts of the country, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has commended Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service who are on essential duties despite the risks in their respective locations.
The Customs boss said reports reaching him at the Customs Headquarters from the Commands indicates that, Customs operatives have been rising to the challenge of their professional calling by keeping the seaports functional.
He said the continuous rigorous patrol of Sea, Creeks and Land borders are crucial activities needed to sustain national economy and protect Nigerians from criminal elements who may want to take advantage to smuggle in items that will further complicate our health and security.
The commendation by Ali was Con in a statement issued by the National Public Relations Officer of the Service, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah.
He reminded them thus “While reminding them that, this is one of those times when their professional calling as security agents puts them on the line despite the risks, he advised the operatives to maintain person to person distancing, wash hands regularly, sanitize their hands and comply with all other recommendations by medical experts.
“To the stakeholders who may be coming into the Ports for cargo clearance, the CGC calls on them to co-operate and adhere strictly to the preventive measures put in place at the Commands. He prayed for the quick recovery for those undergoing Covid-19 treatment and for the Almighty God to heal our land and the world.”
The federal government had on March 29th, 2020 ordered a total lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the Abuja, FCT for 14 days, except for ports operations and other essential services.