Port Harcourt — The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), has commended officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, who are on essential duties despite the risks at their respective locations, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ali said reports reaching the Customs headquarters indicate that customs operatives have been rising to the challenge of their professional calling, by keeping the seaports functional.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer, NCS, Joseph Attah, the Customs boss said the patrol of sea, creeks and land borders are crucial activities needed to sustain national economy and protect Nigerians from criminal elements.
He advised all Customs operatives to maintain person to person distancing, wash hands regularly, sanitize their hands and comply with all other recommendations by medical experts.
“The continuous rigorous patrol of sea, creeks and land borders are crucial activities needed to sustain national economy and protect Nigerians from criminal elements, who may want to take advantage to smuggle in items that will further complicate our health and security.
“This is one of those times when our professional calling as security agents puts us on the line despite the risks.”
The CGC in the statement also tasked stakeholders who may be going to the Ports for cargo clearance, to co-operate and adhere strictly to the preventive measures put in place at the Commands.
He also prayed for the quick recovery for those undergoing Covid-19 treatment “and for the Almighty God to heal our land and the world.”