By Innocent Orok
Comptroller Dera Nnadi of the Ogun 1 Command has reiterated the commitment of his administration to improved on the records so far achieve by his predecessors, saying he knows the enormous responsibility placed on his shoulders as the new Customs Area Controller of the command.
Nnadi who stated this during his resumption of duty at the Ogun 1 Command also assured all stakeholders and the management of the Service that he has resumed with a high sense of responsibility knowing that the Command is very significant to the Customs, Ogun state and Nigeria in general.
According Comptroller Dera NNADI
“I am glad to resume duty as the Customs Area Comptroller of Ogun 1 Command. I thank God almighty who made this day possible. I also thank the CGC and the management of NCS for endorsing this will of God.
“I am resuming in this office with a high sense of responsibility knowing that this Command has tremendous significance to Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State and Nigeria. The reason is obvious, this is the gateway Command with potentials of not only being a major regional trade hub for West and Central Africa and beyond, but can also be an example of coordinated border with Nigeria’s proximate neighbours.
” I want to thank Comptroller Peter Chado Kolo and Comptroller Michael Agbara and the Officers and Men of the Command for sustaining the successes recorded in the Command in the past years. I also wish to thank our various stakeholders whose cooperation and synergy contributed to the feat recorded by the Officers in the Command.
“Top among this group are the intervention Customs Units, sister security agencies, most especially the Nigeria military, It is also very important that we appreciate the traditional rulers, community leaders and the youths who aligned with the Command in actualizing her mandate. Again, I give credit for these feats to the two immediate Controllers of the Command especially Comptroller Peter Kolo with whom I visited over 20 traditional rulers and engaged with the heads of all security agencies in order to establish this status.
“I am resuming in the Command knowing that, though it has consistently recorded numerous achievements in the past, a lot is still desirable and expected of us by the stakeholders which include the CGC, management of the Service, Zone ‘A’ Coordinator, the Officers and Men in the Command and of course the border communities with whom we expect strong partnership in the enforcement of government policies. Other government agencies who partner with the Service also expect us to continue to play the role of the lead agency and we cannot afford to let them down”,he assured.
Comptroller Nnadi also promised his regime will live up to the expectations of all stakeholders, especially the law abiding and legitimate trading stakeholders, including the media.
“Similarly, we hope to live up to the expectations of the law abiding and legitimate trading stakeholders comprising of the Agent’s/freight forwarders, the importers/exporters and other ancillary service providers whose business must survive on the noble role played by the Customs in the border community. Of course, I will not forget our media partners who I hope will help propagate and highlight our missions.
” I am aware that despite the feats achieved by all of us in the past, there are varying challenges bedeviling our various operations and limiting our quest to maximize anti-smuggling operations which is the core mandate of the Command for now considering that the border has been closed for over two years now. These include:
issues of multiple illegal and unproved routes, poor integrity of the supply chain along the border corridor, incessant attacks on personnel at the land borders and limited number of personnel to man the vast border entry points. These are known to hamper operations in the Command despite the various efforts being put in place to arrest the situations.
” Considering that much is always expected of us, and despite the varying challenges, we hope to partner with all legitimate stakeholders to continuously improve and reinvent ourselves for our common goal and objectives. To this end, I have resolved to resume in the Command with the following mandates in mind.
“To sustain our status as the foremost anti-smuggling Command in Zone ‘A’ if not indeed the entire Service, to uphold Service rules of engagement and integrity in our operations in the Command, to facilitate legitimate trade in the Command when hopefully the borders are opened, to pursue a robust stakeholders’ engagement across the Command area of responsibility.
“In due course and almost immediately, we will sit and map out strategies for actualizing these objectives. I thank you for agreeing to join me in actualizing the above as I hope we all lead by example. I repeat, as we all lead by example”, he said.