Mr. Ali Ibrahim has assumed duty as new Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’ (FOUC) Owerri, Imo State.
In a maiden meeting with principal officers in Owerri, Ibrahim, who congratulated his predecessor, Mr Yusuf Lawal on his successful retirement, prayed God’s blessings in his future endeavours and urged his officers to maintain the status quo by making sure to record monumental seizures and raise maximum demand notices.
While thanking the Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), for the opportunity to serve and pledging his unwavering commitment to the fight against smuggling, he called on officers and men of FOUC to fully cooperate with him for best results while assuring them of his commitment to their welfare.
Ibrahim also charged journalists on positivity and objectivity while pledging his readiness to synergize with them for the overall good of the FOUC in particular and NCS/Nigeria in general.
In a statement from the Public Relations Officer, Jerry Attah, the customs boss said, “I congratulate my friend and brother on his successful retirement and pray God to grant every one of us the grace to peacefully retire in good health.
“I also thank the Comptroller General and his management team for the opportunity to serve and I pledge my commitment to service in line with my constitutional mandate.
May I use this opportunity to solicit maximum cooperation from our men and officers and to ensure compliance with the current import and export guidelines as well as warn smugglers that with our planned water-tight security, FOUC will be made uncomfortable for their illicit activities,” he said.
In his remarks, the Deputy Comptroller (DC) in charge of the FOUC Administration, Sunday Opakanmi described Lawal as a God-fearing, astute and friendly father figure whose achievements were written in gold and prayed God to grant him long life and peace of mind to enable him to enjoy his retirement.
Speaking, Mr Joseph Adelaja, an Assistant Comptroller of Customs in charge of Aba/Eleme patrol base prayed God’s blessings on the new Comptroller while wishing him a successful time in the zone.
Also, Mr Ibrahim Usman, an Assistant Comptroller of Customs and Officer-in-Charge of Port Harcourt information patrol team, pledged his support for the new comptroller and called on men and officers of FOUC to maximally cooperate with the new leadership which will bring about spectacular seizures especially as the yuletide approaches.