By Udeme Clement
There is no gain saying about the fact that International security dangers adversely affect the world business environment, hence the World Customs Organisation (WCO) has resolved to celebrate International Customs Day (ICD) every year to fulfil the requirements of the Customs bodies. It also regulates the better establishment with meaningful appreciation of the business environment.”
These were the words of the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’ Owerri, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba, at a brief but colourful programme to mark the event, in Owerri.
Uba challenged officers of the Unit to gird their loins and to be prepared for the task ahead in respect of the onslaught against smuggling of contraband goods into the country.
He said, “It is imperative for us to re-strategize our operations against unpatriotic practices of smugglers and their cohorts. The theme, ‘Data Analysis for Effective Border Management’ was well mapped out to highlight the significance of business partnership approach. It equally contributes in many areas such as trade supply chain security, world customs growth, enhancement of business standards and public private enterprises. The event plays a fundamental role in developing and promoting businesses across the globe as against increasing the risks of international security.”
He went on, “CGC Hameed Ali and his management team have since key into the objective of this celebration, which has not only become a source of inspiration and motivation to the men of the FOU Zone C, but has made us a paragon in the crusade against smuggling of illegal goods into the country. Our current data base in respect of checkmating anti-smuggling activities by some unpatriotic Nigerians shows that we have continued to acquire stronger fame and credibility in the onslaught against smugglers and their agents. However, we cannot claim to have reached the apogee because it is not yet over until it is over”.