Following her assumption of duty as the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi Area Command, Comptroller Comfort Senas Ukpanah has charged Officers and men of the Command to be ready to walk the talk with her in moving the Command forward.
She made the appeal in her welcome speech at the Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi Area Command’s Conference Hall on September 15, 2023, while taking over the Command's helm of affairs from Comptroller Adebola Mumeen Adegbite, who also resumed as CAC of Edo/Delta Area Command.
"I urge you all to gear up for the task ahead, a task of transformation of the Command through a core cardinal program, centred on discipline/codes of conduct, revenue collection, facilitation of legitimate trade, inter-agency collaboration and synergy, as well as stakeholder's engagement," she said.
She also charged all Senior Officers to redouble their efforts in all areas of the Command's operation to enable the Command to meet and surpass its Revenue target. The CAC drew their attention to the Key Performance Indicator (KPI), Revenue and charged Officers to ensure that areas of Revenue leakages are identified and blocked, especially now that the Federal Government relies so much on Customs for GDP growth.
Meanwhile, the outgoing Comptroller, Adebola Mumeen Adegbite, spoke about the Command's achievements during his administration. He stated that the Command generated 17 billion naira from January to date.
Comptroller Adebola Mumeen Adegbite also eulogised the Officers of the Command for their support during his leadership and the stakeholders who came for the occasion while calling on them to redouble the same support for the new Controller – Comptroller Comfort Senas Ukpanah, whom he described as “a core professional and highly disciplined officer.”
The new Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Comfort Senas Ukpanah, also spoke on the need for training and retraining to enable Officers to be at par with the latest operational developments in the service, especially in the areas of ICT given the imminent full automation of Customs processes and procedures. She also spoke on the need for Senior Officers to mentor the junior ones in line with the theme of the 2023 International Customs Day (ICD).
In her response, the CAC appreciated the outgoing Controller's leadership abilities, which led to his accomplishments.
Comptroller Comfort Senas Ukpanah applauded the appointment of the Ag. Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, which she described as well-deserved and while addressing other Senior Officers in the Command, she highlighted her agenda towards a better and efficient Service within her Area of Responsibility (AoR) alongside her core cardinal programs, which will centre on discipline/code of conduct; revenue collection, facilitation of legitimate trade; inter-agency collaboration and synergy, as well as stakeholder engagement.
Furthermore, the CAC reiterated the need for the Officers to pay close attention to the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) of Revenue Generation and cautioned officers to block all avenues for revenue leakages.
The new Area Controller also harps on training and retraining officers, especially in the area of ICT, to align with the automation mantra of Customs processes and procedures.
She also stressed the need for Senior Officers to mentor the junior ones as it relates to the theme of the 2023 International Customs Day celebrated every 26 of January, "Nurturing the Next Generation: Promoting a Culture of Knowledge-sharing and Professional Pride in Customs”.
Comptroller Comfort Senas Ukpanah hails from Mbio-Oku Ikot odung, Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria, and she is a graduate of Chemistry from the University of Calabar.
She was enlisted into the Nigeria Customs Service as a Cadet Officer in 1990 and had her basic training at the Nigeria Customs Service Training College, Ikeja, in 1991. She rose through different ranks and became a full Comptroller in 2022.
Credit: Nigeria Customs Service
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Written by Omooba Alekuwodo (omoobaalekuwodo)
Published 9/25/2023 7:39:27 AM