The Customs Area Controller for Oyo/Osun Area Command, Comptroller Tope Ogunkua has been conferred with the prestigious Transparency Medal Award by a notable continental media organization – MSC Africa Magazine.
Also, two other officers of the Command, CSC Hinga Philip and DSC Alajogun Joseph bagged ‘the Best Staff Officer of the Year’ and ‘the Best Operation Officer of the Year’ awad respectively from the same organization. at a historic presentation ceremony held on Monday at the Customs Boardroom in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
Onuigbo Ifeoma Ojekwu, the new Public Relations Officer of the command, disclosed that the Publisher of the continental magazine, Otunba Gbenga Adebayo while presenting the officers with the awards at a historic presentation ceremony held on Monday at the Customs Boardroom in Ibadan, Oyo State capital acknowledged with delight the feat recorded by the Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service in the last few years by neutralizing the antics of smugglers and tremendously boosting the country’s revenue generation profile.
Adebayo reportedly specifically acknowledged the large number of seizures of contraband items and detention of those who in one way or the other involved themselves in various smuggling activities by the command and described the Customs Area Controller as a role model in view of the existing camaraderie between him and his officers and men.
He enjoined other Commands of the Nigeria Customs Service to emulate the good gesture by ensuring synergy among their operatives for effectiveness.
The MSC Africa Magazine boss appealed to members of the public to always see officers and men of the Customs Service as partners in progress, saying, “the era when the Customs is perceived as enemies of the society is over as the Customs remains one of the torchbearers of the national economy.”
Responding, Comptroller Tope Ogunkua lauded the management of the Continental Media Organization for their editorial judgment and urged the media in the country to practice progressive and developmental journalism as against the ugly culture of pull-him-down or blackmail syndrome.
The Customs Area Controller expressed his determination to keep up the good work in the Command and promised to dedicate his award to the gallant officers and men of the Command noting that he could not have done anything worthwhile without their support.