Officers and men of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service,Owerri have been advised to gird their loins and be prepared for the task ahead in respect of the onslaught against smuggling of contraband goods into the country.
Area Controller in charge of the unit, Mohammed Uba Garba gave the admonition while addressing the officials ,as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Abuja headquarters consummate activities marking the 2017 Customs Day Celebration.
Comptroller Mohammed at an event held at the premises of the FOU premises Owerri to mark the day argued that it has become much more imperative and apposite for the Customs to re-strategize its operations against the sharp unpatriotic practices of smugglers and their cohorts in order to always neutralize the antics of those still engrossed in the illicit business.
He explained that the International Customs Day (ICD) is an annual event which takes place on January 26 to commemorate the maiden official Conference of the Customs Cooperation Council.
According to him, the theme of the celebration which is “Data Analysis For Effective Border Management” was sagaciously fashioned to highlight the essence and significance of business partnership approach.
Mohammed added that it equally contributes in many areas such as trade supply chain security, world customs growth, enhancement of business standards and public private enterprises.
The Customs boss who delved deeply on the aims and objectives of the annual august celebration noted that the event plays a fundamental role in developing and promoting business across the globe as against increasing the risks of international security.
“There is no gain saying the fact that International security dangers adversely affect the world business environment hence the World Customs Organization has resolved to celebrate this event every year to fulfill the requirements of the Customs bodies”,
He added that it also regulates the better establishment with meaningful appreciation of the business environment.
The Customs Area Controller expressed delight that the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) – Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali and his management team have since keyed themselves into objectives of this celebration , which he said has not only become a source of inspiration and motivation to the men of the FOU Zone C but also made them a paragon in the crusade against smuggling of illegal goods into the country.
“Our current data base in respect of checkmating anti-smuggling activities by some unpatriotic Nigerians shows that we have continued to acquire stronger fame and credibility in the onslaught against smugglers, their agents and collaborators. However, we cannot claim to have reached the apogee because it is not yet over until it is over”, Mohammed stated.
He therefore enjoined them to redouble their efforts in order to meet the challenges ahead, assuring them that hard work, efficiency, commitment, dedication and integrity as well as application of professional ethics would not go unrewarded, more so as the CGC has come up with fresh motivating packages to spur them into more actions and service delivery.
He also charged them to remain committed to their official duties despite all odds and to report perceived hindrances in the performance of their duties to the appropriate high officers for necessary action.
International Customs Day was instituted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and commemorates the day in 1953 when the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) was held in Brussels, Belgium.
Seventeen (17) European countries attended this session. In 1994 the CCC was renamed World Customs Organization (WCO) and today custom organizations from 179 countries are WCO members.
International Customs Day (ICD) recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security.
It also focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs.
Custom agencies hold employee appreciation events where custom officers are recognized for their exemplary service. Workshops, conferences and talks that focus on the year’s theme and the challenges that agencies and officers face are also held.
Several agencies also hold public outreach events where they educate the public about their jobs and responsibilities.