Following the retirement of Comptroller Ali Mahmud Ibrahim, his successor Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf has assumed office as Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command.
During a handover ceremony at the Command yesterday, the new PTML Customs boss assured officers and stakeholders of due diligence under his administration.
The new CAC called for cooperation of officers and stakeholders under his tenure even as he commended his predecessor, Comptroller Yusuf for setting up mechanism for increased revenue collection, trade facilitation and strict enforcement.
According to the new Customs boss, all port users operating in PTML would have to make compliance a lifestyle because it saves clearance time, improves revenue collection and builds up the integrity rating of traders towards enjoying fast track benefit and possible migration to the status of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).
The new CAC added that voluntary compliance creates a win – win situation for everyone as it prevents losses that result from seizures, demand notices and penalties which comes in the course of enforcement.
Comptroller Yusuf assured the PTML Management, bonded terminal operators, shipping companies, importers, exporters, freight forwarders and haulage operators of an open door policy to sustain and improve on the template of trade facilitation.
The former CAC had earlier introduced Comptroller Yusuf to senior officers and some stakeholders while imploring them to extend maximum cooperation to the new Controller.
Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf who hails from Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State was born in Kaduna, obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in History from University of Maiduguri, Borno State and also holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) from University of Lagos.
The CAC joined the Nigeria Customs Service in 1991. He has vast experience spanning over three decades in the Service having impacted positively in various areas where he served.
Some of the Area Commands he served include; Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) Command; Cross River/Akwaibom Command; Sokoto Command; Tin-can Island Port Command; Apapa Area Command; Adamawa/Taraba Command; Tariff and Trade Department and also served as the D/C Valuation PTML Command; and Area ll Onne Command, and at the Human Resources Department of the NCS Headquarters.