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Customs personnel need to be retrained on weapons handling — Retiring ACG declares

Retiring ACG wants customs personnel retrained on weapons handling

Customs personnel need to be retrained on weapons handling — Retiring ACG declares

Hammi Swomen, the outgoing Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs (ACG), Zone ‘A’, has called for the training and re-training of customs personnel in weapons handling.

Swomen, who made the call on Wednesday in Lagos during a ceremony to mark his retirement from service.

He said that with such trainings, personnel could adequately protect themselves from smugglers.


“There’s a need for more training, which tells me that there is also a huge gap in weapons training.

“I am appealing to the management to look into re-training officers on weapon handling,” the retiring ACG said.

He charged senior officers to mentor the younger ones on the customs’ core duties of revenue generation and suppressing smuggling.

“I am also commending the efforts of the present management on robust welfare packages, which means that officers redoubled their efforts to surpass revenue generation targets and reduce smuggling activities to the barest minimum.

“The only way we can reciprocate the management’s gesture is to redouble our efforts and embrace mentorship roles,” Swomen said.

He appreciated all the officers he had worked with while in service, thanking them on behalf of his family and praying to God to bless them with wisdom to excel in their duties.

The Comptroller for Tincan Island Command, Dera Nnadi, commended the effort of Swomen for reviving Kirikiri Command, which he said was already moribund when the outgoing ACG was posted there.

He stressed that Swomen’s effort would never be forgotten.

In his acceptance speech, the new ACG, Zone ‘A’, Saidu Yusuf, thanked the customs management for giving him the privilege to serve.

Yusuf described Swomen as a principled and ever-attentive leader, who was always ready to resolve issues whenever it arose.

“When a leader is principled, he will want to achieve whatever targets he sets for himself.

“He is very hardworking and intelligent.

“It is a virtue that God has given you, we pray for good health and happiness after your retirement,” Yusuf said.

He stressed the need to improve on stakeholders engagement to facilitate customs operations.

Yusuf thanked the outgone ACG for transforming the Zone and assured that they would continue to move the service forward.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony was attended by the Commandant-in-charge of Customs Training College, Ikeja, Deputy Comptroller, Haniel Hadison; and the FOU Zone ‘A’ Comptroller, Kolapo Olajide.

Others at the farewell ceremony were Customs Comptrollers for Seme Border,
Apapa Command, Babatude Olomu; Lilipond Export Command, Ajibola Odusanya; and Tincan Island Command, Dera Nnadi. (NAN)

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