The newly promoted Officers serving in Portharcourt II Onne Command of Nigeria Customs Service have been charged to embrace Customs related technology and acquire more knowledge to perform better in the face of modernisation.
This was stated by Customs Area Controller Area ll Command Onne Port, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed on Wednesday at the decoration ceremony of 115 newly promoted officers of the command.
The CAC said using artificial intelligence for customs purposes have been noted to be time saving, helps in achieving accuracy, prevention of mistakes and increasing overall productivity.
According to the Comptroller, newly promoted officers of the command should see themselves as shining examples of an evolving modern customs organisation that will be comparable with their peers across the globe.
He urged them to acquaint themselves with all stages of modern customs operations as the approved e-customs project will require them to apply knowledge and skills at work.
He said “While you study the books of instructions, I enjoin you all to refresh yourselves or show interest in training and retraining in critical areas like scanner operation, image analysis, data capture, profiling and others.
“As you are aware already, modern customs is knowledge-driven and a good way to justify the confidence reposed on you by the Board and Management of NCS is to focus on developing your knowledge in these important areas of our function,” he added.
He further stated that “This promotion will cause some of you to take superior responsibilities. Make it a point of duty to transfer knowledge to junior officers for ease of transition and seamlessness of our operations at all times.
“Always uphold our procedure of hundred percent physical examination and be resolute to make seizures and arrests anytime offending items are discovered with suspects.
“As I have always said, this Command will remain a no-go area for perpetrators of illicit trade or duty evasion. We are here to detect and arrest them anytime they dare us. We have done it before and will keep doing it,” he added
He urged the newly promoted officers to keep up the good work and dedication to service that earned them these elevations and to always be worthy examples as leaders wherever they find themselves.
He also pacified those who did not get it this time around to brace up with hope. “There is always another opportunity for promotion,” he said.
Among the newly promoted officers are 3 Comptrollers who rose from Deputy Comptroller rank; 6 Deputy Comptrollers from Assistant Comptroller; 4 Assistant Comptroller from Chief Superintendent of Customs and 13 Chief Superintendent of Customs who rose from Superintendent of Customs rank.
Others include 22 Superintendent of Customs who rose from Deputy Superintendent of Customs; 39 Deputy Superintendent of Customs from Assistant Superintendent of Customs 1; 18 Assistant Superintendent of Customs 1 from Assistant Superintendent of Customs ll and 10 Assistant Superintendent of Customs ll from the Inspector of Customs cadre