From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt


Immediate past Customs Area Commander, Onne Port, Comptroller Baba Imam, said that among the laudable milestones recorded under his watch was the revenue generation of over N22 billion in a day.


He made the disclosure during an official hand over to his successor, Comptroller Mohammed Babandede at Onne Command at the weekend.


Comptroller Imam thanked the Controller-General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi, for the opportunity to serve as the Customs Area Comptroller of the Command.

He commended sister agencies and stakeholders for their commitments and support while also attributing his achievements to robust synergy, intelligence sharing and cooperation at the command.

Imam also recounted some projects initiated by his administration to include; construction of a 110 seating capacity Conference Room with modern facilities, creation of a Computer Training Centre with 50 computers to enhance capacity building, workshops and training in the Command.

Another achievement was the establishment of an office complex for the Customs Officers Wives Association (COWA), refurbishment of a canteens, saloons among other facilities to further enhance comfort within the command.

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Meanwhile, the new Customs Area Commander of Onne port, Comptroller Mohammed Babandede, has promised to leverage on existing stakeholders relationships to boost revenue and business at the sea port.


Babandede commended the command for establishing a robust synergy and pledged to operate an open door policy with a view to improving revenue generation.

He said: “I will operate an open door policy just like the out-going Area Comptroller. I urge officers and men in the Command to give me their support as they continue in their diligence.

“This will help improve on the achievements by my predecessor, enhance value addition towards suppression of smuggling as well as enhancing revenue output.”

The various Commanders, Heads of Security Agencies and stakeholders working in the state and its environs graced the hand over ceremony.


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