Last month, Victor Dimka, an officer who smugglers dread because of his no-nonsense stance took over Seme Command as its Comptroller.
By Evelyn Etinagbedia
Shortly after the change of baton, precisely on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the new Customs Area Comptroller, declared his intention to consolidate on the achievement of his predecessor with an intensified effort geared towards generating more revenue.
Comptroller Dimka Victor who took over from Ag. Compt. D/C Sabo, H. A. restates the service commitment to suppressing smuggling activities across the international frontier. He reiterated that the fight against smuggling of poultry products is still ongoing and will be sustained. The new Comptroller also re-emphasised that all hand must be on deck to summon the challenges of manning a peculiar international border like Seme which is characterised by heavy vehicular movement and human traffic.
Consequently he tasked all officers of the command not to look the other way but should be checkmated by the policy thrust of the CGC while discharging their statutory responsibilities. He also urged officers serving in the Command to perform above average in terms of revenue generation, anti-smuggling drive, legitimate trade facilitation and the security of the nation through the effective manning of the international border.
In addition, the Comptroller urged all officers in the command to imbibe the culture of transparency and professionalism while discharging their responsibilities.
He noted that any negative conduct observed among officers along the international border will not be tolerated. The new Customs Area Comptroller further stated that for more revenue to be generated, smuggling must be fought to a standstill, a duty, he said, he has come to accomplish. As expected, he advised all officers to brace up to the challenge to perform despite the constraints of marshy creeks that may not be accessible by vehicular surveillance. He called on the enforcement unit to be prepared to do the needful, noting that enforcement of the service policies is a familiar terrain to him.