…As Compt Yusuf Malanta Sets a Shiny Example of Synergy Among Security Agencies
By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Apapa Premier Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service On Tuesday decorated 110 newly promoted officers of the command, even as its Area Controller, Compt Yusuf Malanta has demonstrated that information sharing and synergy is realisable among government agencies.
Beyond the decoration of officers, the Area Controller hosted the heads of Department of State Security (DSS) National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commissioner of Police, the Head of Nigerian Army Command Supply and Transport, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Navy among others.
While addressing the newly promoted officers, Compt Malanta noted that it is the aspiration of every officer to reach the peak of his carrier, but this cannot go without hardwork, dedication, discipline and high level of integrity in service.
The urged the officers to put in their best and justify their new ranks, adding that the reward for hardwork is more work.
Compt Malanta commended the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) for making promotion exercise in the service based on merit, professionalism, and not on geographical considerations.
Charging officers, he said “Once you are promoted to the next rank, you have to change your behaviour and your etiquette, you are now a new person in a new environment with a new rank, you have to perform your work diligently
“It is important that whatever schedule or duty you have been given, you have to work hard, because, for those of you who have been promoted, Glory be to God because promotion is from God through your hard work.
“Thank God for the Nigeria Customs Service of today because this kind of promotion is based on merit, you must go through series of exams, from assessment of your performance to written exams, at the end of the day, your mark would earn you either to be promoted or not to be promoted.
“Professionalism has been enthroned in the service beyond geographical considerations.
“Those of you who were not promoted should take cue and understand that you have to redouble your efforts and increase your speed before the next election which is just in two months”
Compt Malanta also charged the officers to work in harmony with other government agencies, saying that none of the officers should be economical with information and intelligence sharing.
Speaking on the need for synergy among government agencies, Compt Malanta stated that the Apapa port has been a good example of what collaboration should be, adding that this has helped his command a great deal, expecially in becoming the highest revenue generating command of the customs service.
“Today’s event goes beyond the decoration of officers, it is about showcasing the industrial harmony that we have with each other, the government agencies, other stakeholders present in the command”
“We would improve and continue on this collaboration, and we would make sure that what we are talking about is Nigeria, sharing of information, synergy, collaboration in every aspect.
“Information transmission in every area of our work is very important.
“If we are together, importers of illicit trade would never have a window to peerage, but once we are divided they would have many windows to penetrate and perform their nefarious activities”
In his goodwill address, Commander, Nigerian Army Command Supply and Transport (NACST) Brigadier General W.L Nzidee expressed gratitude towards the synergy and the collaboration the Army enjoys with customs service, adding that “There is energy in synergy”
Nzidee described the promotion of the 110 officers of the Command as a reflection of true leadership provided by the Area Controller, Compt Yusuf Malanta.
He charged the promoted officers to co-habitate with other agencies on the field, and among themselves. He urged them to work harder, knowing that this is not the end to promotion in their carriers.
On his part, Director of DSS at Apapa Port, Mr Ibrahim Adimbo charged the officers to always respect senior authority on the field.
While highlightingthe level of collaboration that exists among agencies in Apapa port, he said “This is an assemblage of institutions, and it is going to reflect in our report that we have seen a shining example of synergy.
During the ENDSARS and Boko Haram, we have seen the need for synergy, we have no choice than to assist the government to grow”
“It is through synergy that we would protect ourselves, assist the government and our lives would be better, lack of synergy brings down an empire, but with synergy we would continue to blossom” he stated
According to the list of promotion exercise released recently by the customs, for the Apapa Command alone, 3 Deputy Comptrollers were promoted to full Comptrollers, 9 officers from Assistant Comptrollers to Deputy Comptrollers.
15 Chief Supretendent of Customs to Assistant Comptrollers, 12 Supretendent of Customs to Chief Supretendent of Customs.
Others are; 15 officers from DSC to SC, 29 officers from ASC1 to DSC, 17 officers from ASC2 to ASC1, and 10 officers from IC to ASC2