Waterways Smuggling: Bamisaiye Vows to Match Seizures With Suspects, Demands Branding of Barges

Comptroller Paul Bamisaiye, newly deployed Customs Area Controller of Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service has vowed to match seizures made on western waterways with arrest of suspects.

Speaking at his maiden meeting with senior officers of the command in Lagos, Bamisaiye reiterated his commitment to eradicating smuggling along all the Western waterways by placing emphasis on seizures , arrests and prosecution.

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Comptroller Bamisaiye said the command is purely an enforcement outfit doing same function with Federal Operations Unit on the waters adding that the boats and other operational platforms would be fitted with armaments to strengthen their anti smuggling capabilities.

He said barge operators will be advised to brand their barges as a way to identify them, ensure proper profiling and promote compliance along the waterways

The new Controller disclosed that he would embark on a tour of the outstations under his watch to familiarise himself with them and re-emphasise the policy of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi. According to him,the Western Marine Command will constantly pursue Consolidation,Collaboration and Cooperation

As a way of monitoring progress being made, Bamisaiye said the command will Institute a monthly performance review to encourage those who perform exceptionally.

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He added that there will be zero tolerance for corruption and compromise under any guise as he will instill a working culture of leadership by example

Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600,

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